Aussie spinner Matthew Kuhnemann has opened up about his post-series chat with counterpart Ravindra Jadeja after the Indian bowler promised him a 'masterclass' after the second Test. Kuhnemann had asked Jadeja for some tips following the India spinner's devastating display in the second match of the series, which helped the home side go up 2-0 and retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
Jadeja told Kuhnemann that he was happy to help, but would do so after the series was complete. And the Indian off-spinner is a man of his word.
Jadeja was spotted chatting to his rival on-field after the fourth Test in Ahmedabad ended in a draw. Kuhnemann revealed to AAP on Tuesday what was said.
"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 organise it (the chat) as well.
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"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."
The left-arm spinner was still buzzing on Tuesday about being able to play three Tests on his debut tour. The Queenslander only flew over to join the squad in India following Australia's series-opening defeat in Nagpur, when it was realised that Ashton Agar wasn't up to the task.
Kuhnemann was nicknamed 'Jaddu' (Jadeja's nickname) by his Sheffield Shield teammates after running through South Australia in a red-ball game for Queensland in 2021. The 26-year-old took career-best figures of 5-16 in the third Test, helping the Aussies win by nine wickets to make the series 2-1.
Rahul Dravid's high praise for Aussie spinners
Before the second Test in Delhi, Australia had only ever played three front-line spinners in a match together twice this century - in Bangladesh in 2006 and 2017. Lyon captured 21 wickets in the last three matches after registering figures of 1-126 in the series opener, while 22-year-old Murphy had an extraordinary maiden Test series, taking 7-124 on debut in Nagpur.
"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."
India coach Rahul Dravid was full of praise for Australia's spin trio after the series ended on Monday, describing their contributions as "exceptional". He said: "A lot of times you see with overseas teams they have one good spinner but tend to leak runs at the other end and you can control the game from the other end.
"But credit to the two young spinners, they maintained that pressure, they took wickets. A lot of the (Indian) guys were full of praise for the quality of spin they had to play which made the series win all that much more sweeter."
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