As it turned out, the hero of India's NatWest Trophy triumph in 2002 and Kuldeep Yadav’s former captain at Uttar Pradesh Mohammad Kaif had predicted that the Kanpur-born Chinaman’s dream debut on the eve of the final Test of the four-match series against Australia in Dharamsala and that prediction proved right.
Kaif was high on the praise for Yadav and said that there are no single batsmen in the world, who ready for a bowler like Kuldeep Yadav. When Yadav was handed over his maiden Test cap on March 25 that time the Australian side would have been scratching their chins as well wondering what they missed while reading the pitch.
Mohammad Kaif had tweeted at 8:46 am on Saturday, “Prediction Kuldeep Yadav will have a great debut. Aussies should struggle to read him. Best wishes to Team India."
Kuldeep has become the first china man bowler to represent India in Test cricket. With the help of his figures of 4 for 68, the hosts successfully restrict Australia to 300 after being 144 for 1 at one stage on Day 1 of the match at the HPCA Stadium on Saturday.
A day after Kuldeep's dream debut, Kaif told TOI, “You are never ready for a bowler like Kuldeep. You need to have a proper plan. I think Australia never expected him to play.”
Kaif further added, “If a player has match-winning ability and skill to take wickets, then you must pick him. It's a masterstroke by Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli. Indian attack needed that, especially it being the Test that decides the outcome of the series. Great pick, that's why I tweeted in the morning that he will be the man of the moment.”
Former Indian batsman also said that Kanpur-born Yadav is very accurate and will hardly give you loose balls than other chinamen, which makes him an unique bowler and gives India an edge in the field.
Kaif concluded, “Give the ball to Kuldeep and wait and watch what happens. The difference between him and other similar spinners is that he is very accurate and will hardly give you loose balls. A batsman may come out and hit him over the top like Glenn Maxwell did today, but he will be right back at you attacking the very next ball.”