Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav (AFP Photo)

In India‘s historic Test series win in Australia, Kuldeep Yadav played just one of the four Tests. It was the Sydney Test which ended in a draw after rain interruption with India confirmed as the winner after winning two matches to Australia’s one.

The fixture might have failed to produce a result but for Kuldeep it was helped in erasing bad memories of his previous such outing outside Asia. He took a five-wicket haul in the first innings which helped his captain Virat Kohli enforce the follow-on.

Before Sydney, the last time the left-arm spinner played in a Test outside Asia was in England, at Lord’s. On a damp pitch, India erred by playing an extra spinner in the 24-year-old who bowled nine wicketless overs for 44 runs.

England went on to win by an innings and 159 runs and Kuldeep was left out of the remaining two Tests. However, not to be bogged down by the forgettable show, Kuldeep vowed to make a strong return and the results were there to be seen in Sydney.

“Everybody learns from their mistakes and it is the same for me,” Kuldeep told The Indian Express. “Maybe conditions were difficult for me [at Lord’s] and I did not bowl well but it helped me to come back stronger.”

Kuldeep revealed that he played the Sydney Test in which he returned with figures of 5/99, with the mindset of a debutant which helped him in outthinking the batsmen.

“In the Sydney Test, I played with a mindset like it was my debut. I felt the same pressure and was equally nervous as on my debut. I wanted to contain the batsman and not go for to variations at the start. Pitching the ball at the same place repeatedly and then plan accordingly and thankfully things fell in place accordingly,” he said.