IPL 2018: Kuldeep Yadav reveals how presence of Shane Warne motivated him

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In the game against Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders once again managed to hold their nerves as they won the game by 6 wickets. Kolkata Knight Riders restricted Rajasthan Royals for 142 runs after some splendid and disciplined bowling.

The hero of the bowling unit was spinner Kuldeep Yadav. The bowler took a total of 4 wickets in his spell of 4 overs against Rajasthan Royals by giving away just 20 runs. He took the key wickets of Jos Butter, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes and Stuart Binny. At one stage, Rajasthan were all set for a big total but Kuldeep Yadav’s bowling rattled them entirely. Kuldeep Yadav reveals how the presence of spin legend and Rajasthan Royals mentor Shane Warne motivated him to do well.

Kuldeep Yadav says he always wanted to perform well in front of Shane Warne. (image source: t2online.com)

Shane Warne has been my Idol, says Kuldeep Yadav

Speaking with the media at the post-match conference, the left-arm spinner said he gets the extra motivation whenever he plays in front of the Australian legend. “I’m always a big fan of Warne. He has been my idol. I always get a different kind of motivation when I play in front of him. I wanted to put up a good show in front of him”, says Kuldeep Yadav.

I discussed few things after the match with him, quotes Yadav

Speaking further, the left-arm spinner says he went on to talk to Australian legend after the match. “I discussed with him after the match. I have already started my planning for the upcoming England series. But it was a brief conversation. Maybe after the IPL, I will again get a chance to talk to him”, further quotes Kuldeep Yadav.

With the convincing victory over Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets, Kolkata Knight Riders have managed to keep their hopes alive of making it to the playoffs. The team now has 7 victories in 13 games and will qualify for the playoffs if they manage to win their last game against table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad on 19th May at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.