Kuldeep Yadav a clever bowler, uses googly very well: New Zealand coach Gary Stead


first_imgNew Zealand head coach Gary Stead has insisted that the Black Caps can do better against spin than their performances in the first two ODIs of the ongoing five-match series.Stead added New Zealand aren’t used to facing left-arm wrist spinners and that they will be able to find a way to combat Kuldeep Yadav and the fellow Indian spinners in the remainder of the ODI series.The New Zealand coach’s comments come after India handed a 90-run thrashing to India in the second ODI in Mount Maunganui on Saturday. Kuldeep Yadav starred once again as he picked up four wickets and helped India restrict New Zealand to 234 in chase of a 325-run target.Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav chipped in as the spinners picked up seven wickets between them to decimate New Zealand and help Virat Kohli’s men take a 2-0 lead.”He [Kuldeep] is a clever bowler – you don’t see the left arm leg spinner too often. He uses his googly very well, and we have to find a way to combat him,” Gary Stead said, as quoted by NZ Herald.Stead added: “In the first game, after seven overs he was 0-30 and I thought we actually played him pretty well, and maybe we’ve just got to pull back the throttle a little bit around our scoring and just be happy with 0-45 if we can.”Ranji Trophy semi-final, Day 4 live score – Karnataka vs SaurashtraThe majority of the New Zealand batsmen have been unable to read Kuldeep Yadav, who has been willy and fearless in the ongoing series. Trying to read the left-arm spinner off the pitch and playing cross-bat swipes far too often, the Black Caps batsmen have failed to gain any kind of momentum, especially in the middle overs.advertisementKuldeep Yadav has picked up 8 wickets from two matches at 16.5 and has conceded at an average of 4.78 per over. Yuzvendra Chahal has picked up four wickets and Kedar Jadhav two as the India spinners have taken 14 of the 20 New Zealand wickets in the series so far.Despite their uninspiring show against the India spinners, New Zealand coach Stead believes the team should take confidence from the way they had handled the spinners from Sri Lanka earlier this year.The Black Caps crushed Sri Lanka 3-0 in a ODI series at home in January but have struggled to find form against the second-ranked ODI side in the ongoing series.”It’s not that we can’t play spin bowling, we’ve just taken some options that haven’t been the best options at times,” Stead said.”I have faith in our guys – we played the spin bowling very well against Sri Lanka and they had a lot of spinners as well, so it’s not like we can’t, we just haven’t done it effectively. The two wrist-spinners they have here are very effective bowlers – our challenge is to find a way to be better.”India will be hoping to clinch an unassailable lead when the two teams meet in the third ODI on Monday, January 28 in Mount Maunganui.Also Read | Jason Holder, Roston Chase shine as West Indies demolish England in 1st TestAlso Read | Mohammad Azharuddin praises India’s dominant performance vs New Zealand in 2nd ODIAlso Read | Good that lot of guys are competing for one all-rounder’s slot: Kedar JadhavAlso See:last_img

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