Kuldeep Yadav India Ireland T20I 2018
Kuldeep Yadav © AFP

It is still early days in his maiden UK tour, but Kuldeep Yadav feels he has adapted well to the conditions with 4 for 21 against Ireland in the opening T20 International here. Kuldeep also underlined that India‘s easy 76-run win over Ireland yesterday was down to hosts’ inability to play spin properly: “The score was good so it was easier as we had a target to bowl at and defend. A spinner always tries to bowl according to the target. From an individual point of view, it was quite good because I was bowling the way I wanted to bowl and I used the variations well too.”

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan scored attacking half-centuries and India finished with 208 for 5. Ireland could only manage 132 for 9 in response with Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal sharing 7 wickets.

“They batted well against pace and got a good start too. But they struggled against our spinners because they weren’t using their feet too much. Also, we vary our pace and bowl slower at times, and perhaps they are not used to this type of bowling. But the more they play [against top sides] they will get better,” said Kuldeep.

He also spoke of the weather and pitch in Ireland: “Conditions here seem to be normal. I haven’t seen too much difference. Perhaps wickets are a bit slower and the ball is turning. I felt normal, and didn’t feel that it has been something new, said the spinner. The weather is a bit colder and conditions are different from India. But it was easy to adjust and for me it is a normal thing. After one game you cannot say how wickets will be throughout the tour. This one had a little turn and the ball was turning, but as we play more matches on this tour, maybe the wickets in England will be different.”

Irrespective of conditions or targets set by his batsmen though, Yadav outlined that his prime focus is always on taking wickets: “Every bowler has a different style so they may bowl differently as per the situation. However, I always think of picking wickets because if I try to control runs, I will give away more runs. So it is important for me to take wickets and get breakthroughs for my team because I am that type of attacking bowler. My style is different.”