Widely regarded as the next big thing in Indian cricket – spinner Kuldeep Yadav is currently going through a challenging phase in his promising career. Kuldeep reckons the present scenario is just another passing phase of his three-year-long career where he is battling with the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to seal a permanent spot in the Indian cricket team.

In the last couple of months, Kuldeep has not had much to do as he and his bowling partner – Yuzvendra Chahal were sidelined from two Twenty 20 series against the West Indies and South Africa respectively. Keeping the next year’s T20 World Cup in mind, India are trying out youngsters in the lead up to the prestigious tournament.

“When I started playing cricket, never thought I would play for India. I have been playing for India close to three years now, there will be many challenges, like the one I am facing at the moment,” Kuldeep was quoted by PTI when asked about the challenging phase when he is struggling to make the Test XI following his exclusion from the T20 side.

“There is nothing without hard work and discipline and I continue to play the game with that approach,” he said at a promotional event.

The 24-year-old started his journey in international cricket with a four-wicket haul against Australia in a Test match in March 2017 and it did not take him long to cement his place in the side in all three formats. He also became third Indian to take a hat-trick in ODIs.

Kuldeep remains part of the Test squad but has not got a game this season with Ashwin and Jadeja doing the job rather well in the ongoing series against South Africa.

After the World Cup, where he took six wickets in seven games at 56.16, he played ODIs in the West Indies but warmed the bench in the two-Test series.

Asked if the selectors and team management have communicated their reasons for not including him and Chahal in the T20 squad, Kuldeep said: “I will talk about it when the Test series is over.”