IPL 2021: KKR believe Kuldeep is one of their important players, that's why he was retained - Pragyan Ojha

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Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha rubbished talks of Kolkata Knight Riders not backing Kuldeep Yadav, saying the erstwhile champions judge that the India wrist-spinner is 1 of their astir important players successful Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

Pragyan Ojha, speaking to Sports Today, highlighted that Kuldeep Yadav was retained up of IPL 2021 auction and it shows that KKR spot their young spinner. Notably, Kuldeep Yadav was not picked for their 2nd game, against Mumbai Indians successful Chennai connected Tuesday. New-recruit and elder spinner Harbhajan Singh, who started successful their opening lucifer against Sunrises Hyderabad connected Sunday, retained his spot successful the XI.

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Notably, Kuldeep Yadav has been struggling to find a spot successful the KKR playing XI implicit the past 2 years. Kuldeep played lone 5 matches successful IPL 2020 successful the UAE. In IPL 2019, Kuldeep played 9 matches but lone picked up 4 wickets and conceded astatine adjacent to 9 runs per over.

"It's unfair to accidental that KKR would bash thing similar that. None of the franchises would bash thing similar that. They judge that Kuldeep is 1 of the astir important members of the squad and helium tin deliver. That is wherefore they person been retaining him each year. No franchise would clasp a subordinate if they deliberation helium is not good. As elemental arsenic that," Pragyan Ojha said connected Tuesday.

"Maybe due to the fact that of the operation and they privation to usage the acquisition of Harbhajan Singh successful the aboriginal stages of the tournament, they are trying a fewer things. It volition beryllium precise unfair for anybody to accidental KKR don't deliberation Kuldeep is worthy it.

"Clearly, they deliberation Kuldeep is important for them. That's wherefore helium is determination successful the set-up."

Playing connected spin-friendly wickets successful Chennai, KKR person packed their line-up with arsenic galore arsenic 3 spinners. Harbhajan Singh, Varun Chakravarthy and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan signifier a three-pronged rotation attack. In fact, Eoin Morgan's men were unchanged for their Tuesday's brushwood aft the triumph of Sunrisers Hyderabad.

On the different hand, Mumbai Indians made 1 alteration arsenic they brought successful Quinton de Kock successful spot of Chris Lynn. Lynn deed a important 48 for MI successful their opening lucifer against Royal Challengers Bangalore but the South Africa opener gets the motion up of the right-hander owed to his proven grounds with the 5-time champions.