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DC vs MI: Rohit Sharma Motivated Me A Lot: Kuldeep Yadav Responds, After A Match-Winning Performance Against Mumbai Indians

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Kuldeep Yadav acknowledged at the post-match news conference that MI captain Rohit Sharma had a big influence on him.

Kuldeep Yadav of the Delhi Capitals (DC) won the Player of the Match award on Sunday for his match-winning performance against the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

Rohit Sharma. Photo-IPL
Rohit Sharma. Photo-Twitter

As India challenged its bench strength in the first five home games against New Zealand, the West Indies, and Sri Lanka, newly-appointed skipper Rohit Sharma remained keen on offering chances to bright young talents and marginal players.

Rohit Sharma, considered as a bowler’s captain, acted as a catalyst for spin magician Kuldeep Yadav to produce quality in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Kuldeep had a major knee injury last season while warming the bench for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He was ruled out of the IPL. Kuldeep was released by the two-time champions before the mega auction after declaring himself excess to needs at the KKR camp. Delhi Capitals paid INR 2 crore for the Indian spinner.

As Kuldeep was picked in the starting XI for the Delhi Capitals’ IPL 2022 match against Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians on Sunday, he made an immediate impression.

Kuldeep revealed that MI captain Rohit Sharma motivated him to perform:

Kuldeep claimed that Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma inspired him to achieve well for his new franchise in the world’s richest T20 league during the comment press conference after Delhi’s surprising triumph over them in match No.2 of the IPL 2022.

Delhi Capitals, Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav
Delhi Capitals. (Photo: IPL)

“It was a tough period for me. I had been out for five months due to injuries. This was critical for someone like me to go for rehabilitation, and with the NCA’s resources and instructors, I was recoverable quickly and return to the Indian setup.”

“And thereafter I gradually began match preparation, and once I began playing games, I gained confidence, and Rohit was a huge motivator for me, “Kuldeep remarked.

“I had that conversation with him about any modifications that needed to be made. And here in Delhi, I chatted with Ricky (Ponting), who was supportive. I had been lacking rhythm for a long time and spent a lot of time working on it, never compromising on turning the ball despite the tempo changes “Added he.

In the second match of the IPL 2022, Kuldeep Yadav conceded 18 runs while taking three wickets to win Player of the Match.

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