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Winning the World Cup is my only dream: Kuldeep

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New Delhi, June 5: India spinner Kuldeep Yadav has expressed his strong desire to secure the trophy for India in the ongoing T20 World Cup, stating, “If you’re playing for India for a long time, you’ve got to win a World Cup.” Kuldeep Yadav has played a significant role in India’s last two ODI World Cups in 2019 and 2024 but has yet to participate in the T20 showpiece. He will mark his debut in the mega event when India take on Ireland on Wednesday at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York.
“It’s my dream to win the World Cup for India. This is my first T20 World Cup. I’m 29 years old and expect to play for as long as possible. Winning the World Cup is a long-term goal, and there’s a bigger process behind it. If you’re playing for India for a long time, you’ve got to win a World Cup. I think trophies do matter in the end, and you’re playing to win the trophies.
So winning the World Cup is my only dream,” said Kuldeep in a Delhi Capitals’ podcast.
The Chinaman bowler further shared his dreams beyond cricket and said, “Beyond cricket, I’m hopeful of getting a license in football coaching. I’m not perfect, but I need to work on it a lot. Hopefully, when I leave cricket, I can invest time in it and take proper training. I’ve got friends who are associated with the game, and after cricket, if I want to do something, I would certainly like to contribute to football,” he added.
The leg-spinner delivered sensational performances leading to his inclusion in the T20 World Cup squad. However, a couple of years ago, he faced a rough patch. Before joining Delhi Capitals in 2022, he struggled with no Indian Premier League (IPL) opportunities, and his international career suffered as well.
He also revealed how DC head coach Ricky Ponting, skipper Rishabh Pant, and (then) assistant coach Shane Watson helped him in his revival to bring out the Kuldeep 2.0 version.
“I never thought I’d change drastically over the last couple of years. When I joined DC in 2022, I did come in with changed skills, but I needed that confidence. I still remember when I met Ricky on the first day, he hugged me properly and said, ‘We wanted to have you on our team. I know your skills. Don’t worry about anything, and I will ensure you play all the games,” he said. (IANS)

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