Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav extends his gratitude by giving credits to the former opener, Gautam Gambhir and legend pacer Wasim Akram of having a “big influence” on his career in the team Kolkata Knight Riders.
He said that Gambhir was helpful by assuring him of a place in the team.
“Gauti Bhai had an enormous influence on me from the beginning of my stint at KKR. He always spoke to me a lot. Not only during the time he was at KKR, but even then, over these last two years,” Kuldeep was quoted as saying by the franchise’s website.
“He always kept me motivated. When you get that sort of confidence from your captain, it becomes an enormous plus point for any player. It helps you remain confident, which translates into good performances.”
He appreciated Akram to have helped him with the mental tricks and aspect of the game.
“Wasim sir wont to like me tons too. He didn’t speak much about bowling, but he prepared me tons in terms of mentally taking over the sport. He prepared me to require different situations in several ways, and taught me the way to react when batsmen put you struggling,” said Kuldeep.
“When he was at KKR, I wont to sit with him and pick his brain tons. I wont to sit next to him within the dugout during matches and ask questions on real-time situations.”
Kuldeep used to understand the game asking Akram what would his move have been, had he been in Kuldeep’s place.
“He would test me by asking me what my approach would are .”
“So aside from Gauti Bhai, he was someone who had an enormous influence on me during those early years. He also has a very good sense of humour, so it was great having him around,” said Kuldeep.