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“It was four years ago” – Kuldeep Yadav stays positive ahead of New Zealand clash despite 2019 World Cup loss

India spinner Kuldeep Yadav has insisted that Team India will not be affected by the 2019 World Cup memories when they take on New Zealand on Wednesday (November 15) in the first semi-final of the 2023 World Cup.

India’s infamous defeat at the hands of the Kiwis in the semis of the 2019 edition remains alive in every Indian fan’s mind. Time and time again, those heartbreaking images reappear sparking the pain.

However, wrist spinner Kuldeep is in a positive mindset ahead of the big night. He highlighted that the match was four years ago and they have played a lot of cricket afterwards. He is also hoping his side to continue the dominating form against the Kiwis.

“The 2019 semi-final against NZ was four years ago. We have played a lot of bilateral series after that, so we know the conditions and so do they. Our preparation has been good and we have been able to play good cricket throughout the tournament. So, we expect to continue in the same vein in the next match as well,” he said.

Team India topped the points table and remained unbeaten in the league stage round. They will next lock horns with Kane Williamson-led New Zealand at the iconic Wankhede Stadium.

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Wankhede’s soil will be difficult for bowlers

Kuldeep Yadav has accepted that the Wankhede’s pitch will pose challenges for the bowlers, given its batting friendly behaviour. However, he stated that the bowlers get enough time to make a comeback in ODI cricket as compared to the shortest format.

“It is a difficult venue to bowl. The bounce is true and batsmen often dominate there. Unlike in T20, of course, the bowlers have plenty of time to come back into the game,” he added.

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