Suresh Raina cred­its Anil Kum­ble’s men­tor­ing for spin­ner Kuldeep Ya­dav’s rise

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Mum­bai:

In­dia all-rounder Suresh Raina has cred­ited for­mer na­tional team coach Anil Kum­ble with men­tor­ing Kuldeep Ya­dav fol­low­ing the young chi­na­man bowler’s rapid rise as a match-win­ning bowler. Dub­bing Kuldeep Ya­dav a “prod­uct of Anil Kum­ble”, Raina, Kuldeep’s Ut­tar Pradesh Ranji Tro­phy skip­per, said: “I guess credit goes to Anil bhai. He worked re­ally hard with him. He’s a prod­uct of Anil Kum­ble. He’s done so much for him.

“I think he’s the guy who’ll change ev­ery­thing in the bowl­ing depart­ment. He’s done well for UP, he’s done well in the U-19 World Cup and you’ll see him shin­ing very soon.”

Raina was in Mum­bai to an­nounce the launch of the eighth edi­tion of Skech­ers Per­for­mance Goa River marathon, which will be held on De­cem­ber 10. Although he has not played for In­dia since Fe­bru­ary, Raina said he was un­der no pres­sure and has not set any per­sonal tar­gets. “It’s good to see the team do­ing well. Your coun­try’s win­ning and that is more im­por­tant. When I get a chance then I’ll also be a part of it. I’ve done it that way, ac­tu­ally. I won the World Cup, so many tro­phies we’ve won. At the age of 30, there’s still a long way to go.”

Raina was re­port­edly over­looked for the lim­ite­dovers se­ries in Sri Lanka in Au­gust-septem­ber af­ter fail­ing the Yo-yo test, an en­durance-based fit­ness pro­ce­dure where In­dia play­ers have to achieve a cer­tain level. Raina did not to com­ment on it but said he had been work­ing hard on his fit­ness.

“I’m not set­ting any tar­get but just en­joy­ing the process. When you’re not in the team and when you’re down, it’s al­ways im­por­tant to speak to your mind and train your brain. You need to be happy. It’s not me do­ing right or you do­ing wrong. It’s how we are en­joy­ing the game,” he said. “I’ve done that for the last five months and each and ev­ery day and I’ve been hit­ting the gym. I’m that kind of a player. If I’m en­joy­ing, I can win games for my coun­try any day.”

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