Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) spinner Kuldeep Yadav feels the wicket in the UAE will be tailor-made for the spinners and there will be a lot of help on offer. The IPL 2020 is to be played in the UAE from 19 September to 10 November in three venues – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. In a conversation with ANI, Kuldeep highlighted his expectations from the tournament that will be held in the UAE and how he spent time during the coronovirus-induced lockdown.
“Experience always helps, the pitch in the UAE will offer assistance to the spinners and if you have played here before, it will be an advantage for you. I think the circumstances will be in favor of the spinners but there will be pressure as well.” Because the expectations will be high and people would like to see the spinners do well, so I am trying to concentrate and perform well, ”revealed Kuldeep.
Talking about the challenges of a tournament being played on the backdrop of Coronavirus, Kuldeep said: “Playing IPL on the backdrop of COVID-19 is challenging, but at the same time we need to follow all protocols given by the local government It is because if you ignore it then it can obstruct the tournament.
“The entire IPL can be affected by just one player’s mistake, or if a player from any franchise tests positive for COVID-19, the team’s mood may be affected, so it’s important to follow the guidelines.”
The spinner is also optimistic that the franchise may pick up the IPL title this year. The franchise had earlier won the IPL in 2012 and 2014 under the leadership of Gautam Gambhir. For this edition, the team will be led by Dinesh Karthik.
“Our team has a good combination, but at the same time, you can’t really say that we are the best because all the teams in the IPL are strong. We have this kind of combination and we have 25 days to get ready. Time has also got and as a result, we got a chance to gel with each other and I think we can win the title if we play with the proper combination, ”said Kuldeep.
The 25-year-old spinner was last seen in action during the three-match ODI series against New Zealand in February this year. After that, the Indian team did not play any cricket due to coronovirus lockdown.
Speaking about the lack of cricket due to the lockdown, the spinner said: “This is a new beginning for me, the lockdown gave me a good amount of time to analyze myself and I also worked on my fitness. I think Is that there were two phases. On one side the whole world was stopped because of the lockdown and on the other side I felt that this is the time to work hard and use this time in good shape. “
Mumbai Indians will face Chennai Super Kings in the tournament opener on September 19 in Abu Dhabi. Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Mumbai Indians in their first match of the tournament on 23 September.
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