Kuldeep Yadav on playing alongside ‘legend’ MS Dhoni

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Left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav opened up about how he feels playing alongside ‘legend’ MS Dhoni as India gears up for the fourth game against Sri Lanka.

The fourth match between India and Sri Lanka will be the 300th ODI for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yadav has nothing but heaps of praises for the former Indian captain. Yadav said that he feels extremely proud playing alongside such a legend. Dhoni has an exemplary record with 9,608 runs in 299 ODI matches he has played for India till now. Further, he has been touted as one of the most successful captains for India.

Yadav says there is no comparison against Dhoni and since he started playing with Dhoni, he has come to realize the wicketkeeper-batsman can judge you and your performance to the point and no one is better a judge than Dhoni.

“He keeps interacting with us while being behind the stumps. He can judge you the best from behind the wickets. I feel lucky that I will be a part of his 300th ODI. You get to learn a lot if you are playing with a legend like him,” Kuldeep told the reporters on Tuesday.

India has already won the series and skipper Virat Kohli has suggested they might try out a few new things in the remaining two games. Further, Kuldeep would be a part of the Playing XI when the two teams lock horns at the R Premdasa Stadium on Thursday. Spinners Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal have so far played in the first three ties after Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were given rest.

Yadav, when quizzed about his bowling plan, revealed that it depends on the situation and not only on the batsman.

“It depends on the situations. My style is not to attack the batsman. If I go to attack a batsman then I might end up going for more runs. I always try to restrict the batsman and exert pressure on them. The main motive is to go for a wicket which benefits the team,” he said.

“My approach is simple and I believe taking wickets should always be there in any bowlers mind. If you are not able to give your team 2-3 wickets, then you are an ordinary bowler. My only target is to get wickets for the team,” he added.

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