Raina: 'Kuldeep is Anilbhai's product'

In about eight months, Kuldeep Yadav has played Test, ODI and Twenty20 cricket for India and has taken 32 wickets in all.

Suresh Raina attributed his Uttar Pradesh teammate and chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav’s success to the work done by former India head coach, Anil Kumble.   -  K. PICHUMANI

Away from the scene of action in international cricket  in recent times, Suresh Raina attributed his Uttar Pradesh teammate and chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav’s success to the work done by former India head coach, Anil Kumble.

In about eight months, Yadav has played Test, ODI and Twenty20 cricket for India and has taken 32 wickets in all. Raina was fielding questions at a promotional event to launch the 8th Skechers Performance Goa River Marathon to be held on December 10. Long distance runner Kavita Tungar (nee Raut) was also present at the event.

When asked about Yadav’s remarkable ability, bowling left hand wrist spin, Raina said: "Yeah he’s doing good. I guess credit goes to Anil (Kumble) bhai. He worked really hard with him. When I was speaking to him during IPL and first-class cricket, he always used to message Anilbhai and he’s a product of Anil Kumble. He’s done so much for him.

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"And he’s done well with Brad Hogg as well, the chinaman for KKR. I think he’s the guy who’ll change everything in the bowling department. Look at the Aussies, they were somehow smashing other spinner, but can’t rotate him. That’s the mastermind he has. He’s done well for UP, he’s done well in the under-19 World Cup and you’ll see him shining very soon," the southpaw added.

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