Mahi looks on as Kuldeep bowls in the nets Image: AFP
India spinner Kuldeep Yadav couldn't stress enough the benefits of having someone like MS Dhoni around to guide young bowlers like him.
Kuldeep, who has been a part of the India squad for around a year now, has impressed with his chinaman bowling whenever given the opportunity and the youngster thinks former captain Dhoni, who is set to play his 300th ODI at Colombo against Sri Lanka on Thursday, has had a huge part to play in his growth.
There is no word to describe MS Dhoni's influence on a young bowler like me. If you interact with him, like I have been doing for last six months, there is obviously so much to learn from him. I keep talking to him about my bowling. When I am playing for the team, then also I keep talking to him," said Kuldeep, who is in Sri Lanka with the Indian team playing alongside Mahi.
"There is no one better than him to judge you because he is watching from behind the wicket and he keeps telling me what I need to. I feel very proud that I am playing with him and very lucky that I could be playing in his 300th game," he added.
The 22-year-old also said he had no intentions of curbing his attacking instincts as he views his job as a wicket taking bowler rather than restricting runs.
"I don't try to restrict runs. I always try to get wickets. It helps the team as well. I think simply. Taking wickets should be a habit for a bowler. If you don't do that you are a normal bowler," said the youngster.