Kuldeep: 'Hopefully, I will continue bowling well in South Africa'

Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav is eager to show his prowess when India switches to the shorter format after the Test series in South Africa.

Kuldeep Yadav took four wickets for Uttar Pradesh in the Mushtaq Ali T20 super league match against Bengal at the Eden Gardens on Monday.   -  K. PICHUMANI

Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav is eager to show his prowess when India switches to the shorter format after the Test series in South Africa.

After taking four wickets for Uttar Pradesh in the Mushtaq Ali T20 super league match against Bengal at the Eden Gardens here on Monday, Kuldeep spoke about his game.

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The importance of is this tournament

Every match here is important. The team needs you and it is a matter of pride to play for the state, which has given you everything. So I came to play. It also gives you good match practice as you get to play against big players.

Preparation for South Africa

So far it has been good. I have played the full T20 season (Syed Mushtaq Ali). My rhythm is good. Hopefully, I will be able to continue bowling well there.

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Eden Gardens is like a home

It has been five years with Kolkata Knight Riders. It is like family and this is like a home ground for me. I know the angles from where to bowl and am well-versed with the pitch. There is no pressure here. This has been a lucky ground for me.

Fightbacks while bowling

You will leak runs in T20 cricket. T20 is all about how many wickets you take. Wickets help the team in this format. When there is a score of 230-plus on the board, you know the opposition will go for scoring runs. My style is always taking wickets and I look to take wickets and not restrict runs. If I look to restrict runs, I may end up conceding more.

Looking fitter

When you are playing for India you have to be fit. Also, if you want to survive for a long time, fitness is very important. I have been working a lot on my fitness for the last two years. Hopefully, I will become fitter by the day.