Suresh Raina credits Anil Kumble’s mentoring for spinner Kuldeep Yadav’s rise
Anil Kumble, India’s spin legend, worked hard with Kuldeep Yadav during his time with the Indian national cricket team and the result is showing in the current series versus Australian cricket teamindia vs australia 2017 Updated: Oct 12, 2017 18:12 IST
India all-rounder Suresh Raina has credited former national team coach Anil Kumble with mentoring Kuldeep Yadav following the young chinaman bowler’s rapid rise as a match-winning bowler.
Dubbing Kuldeep Yadav a “product of Anil Kumble”, Raina, Kuldeep’s Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy skipper, said: “I guess credit goes to Anil bhai. He worked really hard with him. He’s a product of Anil Kumble. He’s done so much for him.
“I think he’s the guy who’ll change everything in the bowling department. He’s done well for UP, he’s done well in the U-19 World Cup and you’ll see him shining very soon.”
Raina was in Mumbai to announce the launch of the eighth edition of Skechers Performance Goa River marathon, which will be held on December 10.
Although he has not played for India since February, Raina said he was under no pressure and has not set any personal targets. “It’s good to see the team doing well. Your country’s winning and that is more important. When I get a chance then I’ll also be a part of it. I’ve done it that way, actually. I won the World Cup, so many trophies we’ve won. At the age of 30, there’s still a long way to go.”
Raina was reportedly overlooked for the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka in August-September after failing the Yo-Yo test, an endurance-based fitness procedure where India players have to achieve a certain level. Raina did not to comment on it but said he had been working hard on his fitness.
“I’m not setting any target but just enjoying the process. When you’re not in the team and when you’re down, it’s always important to speak to your mind and train your brain. You need to be happy. It’s not me doing right or you doing wrong. It’s how we are enjoying the game,” he said. “I’ve done that for the last five months and each and every day and I’ve been hitting the gym. I’m that kind of a player. If I’m enjoying, I can win games for my country any day.”
The Raina-led Uttar Pradesh got off to a horror start in the Ranji Trophy, bundled out for 72 while chasing 94 for victory against Railways. “It was a different wicket. It’s a new team with a new batch of players and they are still in the learning phase. We still have five more games to go. We did speak a bit after the game. But as I said, even during the Duleep Trophy, it’s not in my hand to win the toss every time. So, we had to bat on the fourth day, which is not easy. Still, there are a couple of aspects we need to take in a positive manner.”