Kuldeep Yadav's idol has been Shane Warne, he made his debut in the presence of Warne and now he hopes to use his tips to take down Australia in Warne's own backyard.
As the team departed for the much-awaited tour of Australia on Friday, Kuldeep hoped to do well Down Under after failing to impress in England earlier this year.
And for that, he has been taking tips from the one and only Warne, who knows a thing or two about bowling in Australia.
"I have always followed Shane Warne. I had a chat with Warne a few days ago. He asked me to meet him and advised me to bowl normally, changing the angle (over the wicket to round the wicket). There will be bounce on Australian wickets and I can use that in my favour. If spinners perform well, we will get success," Kuldeep told IndiaTV during 'Cricket Ki Baat' show.
Talking about the challenges ahead, he said that wants to keep his basics right and take the challenge head-on.
"It will be a challenge for me to bowl in Australia since it will be my first tour Down Under. You have to keep your basics right while bowling in overseas conditions, keeping yourself motivated is also important. I will try to do the same, no variations. I don't see myself as a mystery bowler but rather a quality bowler," said the chinaman bowler.
However, an advantage for him is bowling with the Kookaburra ball, which is used in Australia.
"I haven't bowled much with the Duke ball, I am used to bowling with SG balls, Kookaburra is also a good ball. I like all the three types of balls, there's not much difference between the three. I don't have any problem bowling with any of the balls... I like bowling with the Kookaburra ball," said the southpaw.
He signed off by saying that he is not thinking too far ahead and for him, the main priority is to perform well in Australia right now.
"I always think about my team, want to see our team do well. It's just the beginning for me, I try to get better every day. Right now, my focus is on the Australian tour. It will be a challenge for me to perform in Australia," he said.
Kuldeep is next expected to be seen in action on November 21, when India take on Australia in the first T20I of the three-match series at the Gabba.
(With Inputs from IndiaTV's Sports Correspondent Vaibhav Bhola)