Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has praised the star Indian chinaman spinner, Kuldeep Yadav. He has said that Kuldeep Yadav is the best spinner in the world at present. He said that the records and data of Kuldeep Yadav in recent time has been phenomenal and he is marking himself as the finest spinner.
Kuldeep Yadav has been running in great form in this ongoing Asia Cup 2023. He grabbed five wickets in the match against Pakistan and then four crucial wickets against Sri Lanka to help India make it into the final of this continental tournament.
While sharing a video on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said, “I feel Kuldeep is the best spinner in the world at the moment. If you see Kuldeep Yadav’s numbers, you say he is a proper wicket-taker. We are talking about spinners who have taken 150 ODI wickets. Firstly, 150 wickets is a very good number, it is not a small sample size.”
He further talked and said, “Everyone says the spinner’s role has slightly reduced in ODI cricket because there are three power plays and it is very difficult to bowl in the middle overs as an extra fielder is within the circle and the batter gets set before the last 10 overs.”
Aakash Chopra highlighted that when it comes to the strike rate among spinners who have secured a minimum of 150 ODI wickets, Kuldeep Yadav is just behind Ajantha Mendis and Rashid Khan.
“If we see the best strike rate for spinners in ODIs, Ajantha Mendis was the fastest to 150 wickets. 152 wickets in 84 innings (strike rate of 27.3) – outstanding. Then Sir Rashid Khan – 172 wickets in 89 innings. He has a strike rate of 27.8. Kuldeep Yadav – he is the third on the list in terms of strike rate.”