Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav on Tuesday admitted that spin-bowling will be beneficial in the upcoming Dream11 IPL 2020, since the UAE pitches would offer tons of assistance to the spinners.
However, the chinaman bowler also acknowledged that the UAE’s tailor-made pitches for the spinners will put the tweakers struggling because expectations are going to be high from the team and other people will want to ascertain them doing well in the league.
The upcoming Dream11 IPL 2020 will begin on September 19 and go on till November 10 in the UAE across three venues in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.
The leg-spinner is taking the tournament as a challenge to prove his mettle after being out of India’s playing XI in the ODI format in recent times.
In a recent interview, Kuldeep said, “Experience always helps, pitches in the UAE would offer assistance to spinners and if you have played here before then that might be a plus for you. I feel that the conditions are going to be in favor of spinners but pressure will also be there because expectations are going to be high and other people will want to ascertain spinners doing well so I am trying to be focused and have a good season”.
Kuldeep also spoke on the challenges of this year’s IPL being played on the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic and bio-secure environment. The left arm chinaman said, “Playing IPL on the backdrop of COVID-19 is challenging but we would like to follow all the protocols given by the government because if you ignore it then it can hamper the tournament, or we can be fined. Just because of one player’s mistake the entire tournament will be impacted or if any player of any franchise finishes up testing positive for COVID-19, the mood of the team could be affected so it is vital to follow the rules.”
KKR open their Dream11 IPL 2020 campaign against the Mumbai Indians (MI) on September 23.