First coach of Kuldeep Yadav, Kapil Pandey, who had asked the left-arm bowler to start bowling Chinaman deliveries when he was young, said that had India played Kuldeep earlier, the series would have been wrapped up by India by now. Kapil believes that Kuldeep should have been given a run earlier than Dharamsala and the trio of Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep could have been very tough for the visitors to cope with.
Kapil Pandey, who spoke to Mid-Day, said that Kuldeep was a bit disappointed having not got the chance to play. He said, “He was a bit disappointed but I told him he would have his day. It has finally happened.”
Stressing the importance of playing Kuldeep earlier in the series, Kapil said, “Bowling in tandem with R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the earlier Tests, India would have overpowered the Aussies easily.”
However, when he did get a chance, Kuldeep made sure that he took full use of it. He provided breakthrough to India at a point in the game when the visitors were looking to run away with it. He got a vital wicket of David Warner, who finally looked like coming to his own, on Saturday. That one wicket would have given immense confidence to the young bowler from Kanpur. And he took good use of that confidence to dent the Australian batting line-up.
A four-wicket haul in the first innings of the debut Test reflects on Kuldeep’s brilliance with the ball and from here, he has a long journey to pursue.