India off-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has picked England and Pakistan as the other two teams to watch out for in the upcoming ICC World Cup.
Apart from India, cricket experts have labelled hosts England as the favourites to win their maiden World Cup title this summer and Kuldeep is also wary of the threat that the home side will possess. Along with England, Kuldeep also thinks Pakistan will be a team to watch out for in the showpiece event.
“We definitely have the chance to bring the World Cup home. Apart from us I think all the other teams are really strong. But I feel England has a strong batting lineup as compared to the other teams. They will be playing in home conditions.
“I think Pakistan will also perform well in the World Cup looking at the way they have been performing. So I think England and Pakistan will be the ones to watch out for,” Kuldeep Yadav told Sports Tak.
Team India will be going to the World Cup on the back of some tremendous performances in England and Australia which came mainly due to the outstanding show from the bowlers.
India’s fast bowling lineup in particular, has performed really well over the last year and Kuldeep credited the improved fitness levels as the reason behind their performances in overseas conditions.
“We have good fast bowlers in our team who did very well in Australia and before that in England as well. We have a very good combination of bowlers in the side now. We train together and back each other which is the biggest plus point,” Kuldeep Yadav said.
Kuldeep Yadav also spoke highly of former India skipper MS Dhoni, who uses his vast experience to full effect and constantly guides the spinners in limited-overs matches.
“Since the time I have made my debut I have played with MS Dhoni. He always guides us bowlers whenever he feels the need to get his message across he does it. When the wicketkeeper supports you like that it becomes easier for the bowler.
“A lot of times the bowler is not able to understand the situation but the wicketkeeper understands it better. Mahi bhai is just like that. He has so much experience. He tells gives us small details and even when he doesn’t, I make sure to ask him for guidance. Chahal and I feel very lucky to be playing with him. Bowling becomes easier with Mahi bhai behind the stumps,” Kuldeep Yadav said.
Talking about Virat Kohli’s captaincy, Kuldeep praised the Delhi cricketer for the way he supports the bowlers and youngsters in the team.
“Virat bhai always backs us. He understands our bowling styles be it spinners or fast bowlers. He is a very attacking captain. It feels good as a spinner because then we get to take wickets regularly. He supports not only me and Chahal but all the other youngsters in the team,” Kuldeep Yadav said.