England Need Better Strategy to Beat Kuldeep Yadav

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Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav
England batting coach Graham Thorpe believes that his batsmen are slowly beginning to combat India’s left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav. However, he admits that they need to improve their method against him following his 6 for 25 in theĀ first ODI at Trent Bridge.
Yadav bagged a six-wicket haul in Nottingham, his maiden five-for for India in ODIs. It was also his second match-winning spell of the tour after he took 5 for 24 in the first T20I.
Jonny Bairstow was dismissed on 38 as he misread a googly fromĀ Kuldeep. Joe Root once again succumbed to arch-nemesis Kuldeep on this tour. He misread the length and was also pinned in front, going back to a very full ball.
“From what I’m hearing with my chats with them [the batsmen], it’s not like they can’t pick him — so for me, that’s important,” Thorpe said. “It’s about looking at it logically and then working out a method of playing him. It’s more of the mental side. Also about being proactive with our movements at the crease against him so if you don’t pick him, you’re still in a good position to play him.”
Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav
“We responded well in the 20-over game and we’ve got to respond well in the 50-over games.”
“It’s important not to over panic. Our guys who have spent time at the crease against him have come back and said this is happening and that’s happening. You do need to manoeuvre the ball around. And also having the ability to play the bigger shots against him.
“Maybe we handed it a little bit to him. He got three wickets in 11 balls, his tail is then up. I talk about a low-risk way but it’s about scoring runs in a low-risk way. Once you build up a position when he’s [been] kept out of the game a little bit longer, he feels under pressure to take wickets.
“The one thing about him playing is that you start to formulate plans. The more you face the trajectory, the flight, the speed of the ball, they’re the things you pick up on. You’ve also got to set-up as player against it; your method, your footwork, your position on the crease.

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