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Kuldeep is a product of Kumble: Raina

October 12, 2017 20:16 IST

'He is the guy who will change everything in the bowling department.'

IMAGE: Kuldeep Yadav, centre, with former coach Anil Kumble, right, and Shane Warne. Photograph: BCCI

Praising Kuldeep Yadav for his recent exploits in international cricket, India discard Suresh Raina said credit should be given to former head coach Anil Kumble for shaping the young spinner.

"Kuldeep is doing very well and the credit goes to Anil bhai (Kumble). He worked really hard with him," Raina said in Mumbai.

"I was talking to him (Kuldeep) in the IPL and he always use to message Anil bhai. He is a product of Anil Kumble.

 

"He (Kuldeep) has done well with (former Australian spinner) Brad Hogg. He is the guy who will change everything in the bowling department," he said.

The 22-year-old chinaman spinner from Kanpur was impressive in his debut Test series against Australia and also became the third Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in ODIs against the Aussies in the last series.

Raina along with Olympian Kavita Raut launched the logo of Skechers Performance Goa River Marathon which will be held on December 10.

The experienced left-hander has been out of the Indian team for a long time and the 30-year-old said he is working hard to earn his place back in the team.

"I am working hard and there is nothing tough in life, if you enjoy your process and enjoy your cricket and I have always done that," he said.

"When I got injured that was a difficult time of my life. So it (the comeback) is nothing and I am enjoying it and things will come in my time," the former Chennai Super Kings player said.

Suresh Raina

IMAGE: Suresh Raina in action. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

There were reports that Raina failed the Yo Yo Test.

When asked about it, Raina quipped, "You (the media) speak to BCCI."

Raina-led Uttar Pradesh lost to Railways in the Ranji Trophy opener after they were bundled out for 72 in the fourth innings chasing 94.

On the loss, Raina said, "The boys are still learning. The wicket was little different. We have still five more games to go and after that match we had a chat.

"In the Duleep Trophy you have seen the wicket and its not in my hand to win the toss. So we had to bat on the fourth day and it wasn't easy," he signed off.

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