Kuldeep Yadav plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League Image: AFP
Chris Gayle intimidates almost every bowler in the world. But for Kuldeep Yadav, Virat Kohli proves to be a tougher nut to crack than the burly Jamaican.
In an interview to India Today, Yadav, who is part of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowling attack, said, "It really does not affect me who is batting against me. But someone like Virat is a lot more difficult to bowl to as he will not let you bowl dot balls and will hit you for a four or six, will take twos and threes too. This creates pressure on the bowler. No doubt Chris Gayle is an impact player and dominates every bowler. He can hit you for a six or maybe a four but can't take singles and doubles. So there is always the option of bowling a dot ball to him and also taking a wicket."
Yadav has picked seven wickets till now for KKR, and is currently the second-highest wicket-taker in the Shah Rukh Khan-owned franchise. But Yadav isn't happy with his performance in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). "I wanted more wickets against my name at this stage of the tournament. But I am returning from an injury. It was difficult for me to perform straightaway after that finger injury," said the 23-year-old chinaman bowler.
KKR next face the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings, who are at the top in the points table. KKR are languishing at number four with three wins and two losses.