Karachi: Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav spoke about the influence that former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram had on him during the early years of his career.
The 25-year-old revealed that he used to learn as many things as possible when Pakistan’s legendary pacer was associated with Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Rider (KKR) as a bowling mentor.
“Wasim sir used to like me a lot too. He didn’t speak much about bowling but prepared me a lot in terms of mentally taking on the game,” he said while talking to KKR’s official website.
“He prepared me to take on different situations in different ways and taught me how to react when the batsman is attacking,” Kuldeep added.
The left-arm chinaman also said that he used to sit next to him in the dugout during the matches and ask questions about the situation.
“I used to sit with him and try to pick things a lot I used to ask him what he would have done in certain situations, and he would test me by asking me what my approach would have been,” he maintained
He concluded by appreciating Akram’s good sense of humor and it was great to be around him.
It must be noted that a few days back Indian pacer Mohammad Shami also admitted that Wasim Akram played a massive role in shaping his bowling career.