Kuldeep is a find of Kumble: Raina

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

“Kuldeep (Yadav) is doing very well and the credit goes to Anilbhai (Anil Kumble). He worked really hard with him,” Raina told reporters at an event here.

“I was talking to him (Kuldeep) in the IPL and he always use to message Anilbhai. He is a find of Anil Kumble. 

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

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

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

Raina 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,” he said. 

On reports that Raina failed the Yo-Yo Test, he said: “You (the reporters) speak to the BCCI.” 

Probed further, he said: “I have come here having a good run. But if you ask the BCCI, you will know better.”

Raina said he was not losing hope and staying in shape for a comeback. “I am working hard. Nothing is tough in life if you enjoy your process which I have always done. 

“I have always made tough comebacks. Like when I got injured, it was a very difficult phase. I am in a good space.

Things will happen with time,” he said.

The 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. 

“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 it’s not in my hand to win the toss. So we had to bat on the fourth day and it wasn’t easy,” he said.


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