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Jadeja has given me some awesome tips: Kuhnemann

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Last updated on 15 Mar 2023 | 03:22 AM
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Jadeja has given me some awesome tips: Kuhnemann

The left-arm spinner featured in three Tests and scalped nine wickets at an average of 31.11 and a strike rate of 52.3

Australia’s left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann finally managed to receive some precious pearls of wisdom from Ravindra Jadeja after the fourth and final Test in Ahmedabad ended in a draw.  

A self-confessed "massive fan" of Jadeja, Kuhnemann had asked the Indian left-arm spinner for some advice after his debut in the second Test but the 34-year-old wanted to wait for the series to end before he could help his Australian counterpart.

"I said, 'have you got any tips for me after the (second) Test?' He said 'yes - at the end of the series'," Kuhnemann said in Indore.

Kuhnemann, who was nicknamed "Jaddu" by his Sheffield Shield teammates, finally got a chance to have a word with Jadeja after India won the series 2-1.

"It was probably about 15 minutes, he (Jadeja) was just giving me some awesome tips; we talked about everything," Kuhnemann told AAP.

"Nathan Lyon helped organised it (the chat) as well. He (Jadeja) was really impressed with Todd (Murphy), 'Gaz' (Lyon) and myself so that was really cool to hear that from him.

"He gave me some good tips for the next time we're in the subcontinent and some tips to go back home with as well.

"He was really nice and just said any time to reach out, and even sent me a message on Instagram, so that was pretty cool."

Nathan Lyon was always going to do well in these conditions but debutants Murphy and Kuhnemann also managed to hold their own, to an extent where Indian head coach Rahul Dravid called them the best spin attack the hosts had faced in their own conditions for more than a decade.

Kuhnemann featured in three Tests and scalped nine wickets at an average of 31.11 and a strike rate of 52.3. The 26-year-old’s best performance came in Indore where he claimed six wickets, including a five-wicket haul in the first innings.

"The way that it happened, I wouldn't change it for the world," Kuhnemann said. "Nathan Lyon took myself and Todd under his wing from the get go, he was pretty much like a big brother to us over here.

"I think we're very lucky to have 'Gaz' and his experience to learn off. I'm ready to get back in the nets, get back in there after speaking to Jadeja.

"I'm really keen to tinker with a couple of things, trying to just keep improving my skills and play as much cricket as I can."

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