Indian cricketer Kuldeep Yadav is considered as one of the exceptional left-arm Chinaman bowlers with his slight build as against his notorious fling. Born on 14th of December 1994, in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Yadav would have played a volley of domestic cricket before he would be chosen to play for the prestigious Kolkata Knight Riders, in the IPL. Young Kuldeep was only playing cricket for fun, his father noticed his potential and took him to Kapil Pandey, who would coach him and hone the inimitable style that he commands today.
As his father constantly encouraged the boy to play, Kuldeep Yadav gradually revived the rare chinaman art out of its grave. There are only a few others who can throw volleys as he does. With an aim to become the next Zaheer Khan of India, an inexperienced youth, Yadav, was an aspiring left-arm fast bowler, who very well knew that his build was just not suitable for what he wished to embark upon. As he stepped in to join an academy in Kanpur, he was observed for a considerable period of time by Coach Kapil Pandey, who eventually gathered that for what Kuldeep sought to achieve, his talents just wouldn’t align. The young lad was advised to take up the slow left-arm chinaman or the unorthodox category of bowling.
|Full Name||:||Kuldeep Yadav|
|Date of Birth||:||14-12-1994|
|Birth Place||:||Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Hometown||:||Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Height||:||5 ft 6 in (168cm)|
|Father||:||Ram Singh Yadav|
|Mother||:||Usha Yadav (Roselyn)|
|Siblings||:||Sharon (elder sister)|
|School||:||Karam Devi Memorial Academy World School, Kanpur|
|Hobbies||:||Travelling, watching football|
|Bowling Style||:||Slow left-arm chinaman|
|National Side||:||India (2017-present)|
|ODI Debut||:||23 June 2017 vs West Indies, port of Spain (cap 217)|
|Test Debut||:||25 March 2017 vs Australia, Dharmasala (cap 288)|
|T20 Debut||:||9 July 2017 vs West Indies, Kingston (cap 69)|
|ODI Shirt No||:||23|
|T20I Shirt No||:||23|
|Favourite Shot||:||Chinaman (left-arm unorthodox spin)|
|Teams||:||(2014-present) Kolkata Knight Riders- squad no.23 formerly 18, Central Zone, Mumbai Indians (2012), Uttar Pradesh U-19 (2014-present)|
RECORDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
In 2014, he was part of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup while even consistently playing for the Indian U-19 Cricket Team. It was during this ICC U-19 match against Scotland that he took a hat-trick, which forayed him into the limelight instantly. Other than Imran Tahir, Ajantha Mendis, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep is only the second Indian and the third spinner to have hauled 5 whole wickets in all three formats of cricket.
Inspired by bowling maestros such as Wasim Akram and Zaheer Khan, Kuldeep Yadav was all set to achieve his left-arm seamer even through his unimpressive build. In order to reshape his chinaman bowling skills, the lad would start watching Shane Warne bowl, who would also eventually become his role model.
Slowly, Kuldeep was all set to be selected in the 2014 Under-19 World Cup and became India’s leading wicket-taker in the tournament. Along with this, came several distinctive performances as he was also the first Indian bowler to ever take a hat trick in the history of the tournament.
In 2012, Yadav was awarded a contract with the Indian Premier League but unfortunately failed to make a debut even though his googly in the nets became famous. Two years later, he was transferred to the Kolkata Knight Riders but still did not get to play a game. Finally, like a beast unleashed upon unsuspecting contenders, Yadav made his IPL debut and went on to play three matches, through which he took six wickets averaging at 16.67. He got more exposure when he played the Duleep Trophy in 2016 and bewildered some oblivious batsmen. After three matches the chinaman had ended the tournament with 17 wickets in his bag. In the final tournament, Yadav played a major role leading his side, which was a creditable feat considered that he was an alleged rookie.
Though opportunities were limited, Kuldeep Yadav was traditionally guile and was gaining recognition at a national level for his unconventional style. Having delivered performances full of style and substance, eventually, in 2017, he was called to play for the Indian team for a home test against Australia in 2017. On his debut, Yadav finished with four wickets and was even handed the Test cap by Anil Kumble who himself was a wizard. As Rahane went for a 5-bowler strategy, Kuldeep managed to fox the lineup of experienced Australian batsmen who just did not anticipate the selection.
Then came his long-awaited call for the ODIs and in mid-2017 as he made his first appearance at a tour of the West Indies. While Kuldeep was overlooked for the first three ODIs in Sri Lanka, he turned out to be the highest joint wicket-taker on the tour. In the final two matches subsequent to the Australia series, he got a hat-trick, which was also a first for India, the only previous players being Chetan Sharma and KapilDev in the ODIs, a couple of decades ago.
International Cricketing career
After Chetan Sharma and KapilDev, Kuldeep Yadav would be the third bowler to get a hat-trick on September 21st, 2017 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata where he played against the Australians. It was only in February 2017 that he was appended into India’s Test cricket squad where he played a match against Bangladesh. It was a debut match at the Dharamshala Cricket Stadium where he got recognized on 25th March 2017, as he played Test against Australia, where he took four wickets in the first innings. In Test cricket, Kuldeep Yadav is the first Slow-left-arm chinaman bowler and also only the third chinaman bowler to take four test wickets and to represent India in the national cricket team. For a limited-overs tour to the West Indies, Kuldeep was named in the Indian squad in June of 2017. Finally, on June 23rd, 2017, he was debuting for India against the West Indies. While rain dashed his hopes during the first one, in the subsequent test match, he would ultimately bowl, where he would take three wickets. Kuldeep’s ball finally started rolling when on July 3rd, 2018, he took 5 wickets and was the first left-arm chinaman bowler to do so.
Kuldeep has, over a period of time, slowly evolved as a bowler as he learned the trade and he learned it well. He applied and exhibited his art nicely especially in early 2018 when playing the ODI leg of the tour of South Africa. Running through one of the best limited-over batting lineups in the world, he used the stock ball while also volleying his enigmatic googly, though sparingly. Some of the most accomplished batsmen failed to pick his hand as Kuldeep even had the ability to deceive batsmen above the eye level and in the air.