Kuldeep Yadav

India
Age
December 14, 1994 (27 years)
Role
Bowler
Birth Place
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Batting Style
Left Handed
Nationality
India
Bowling Style
Slow left-arm chinaman

Initially, when playing in a cricket academy in Kanpur, Kuldeep Yadav wanted to be a fast bowler. However, his coach persuaded him to take up wrist spin. He practiced hard with his new bowling style – left-arm unorthodox – or ‘chinaman’ as we call it. He added multiple variations including a deadly wrong’un that has bamboozled many international cricketers over the years.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
-
-
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

India, Asia XI, Central Zone, India A, India Red, Rest of India, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, India Under-19, Uttar Pradesh

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
63
21
12
118
19
13.11
188
62.77
0
0
10
0
T20I
22
3
2
43
23*
43
48
89.58
0
0
2
0
Test
7
8
0
54
26
6.75
185
29.19
0
0
6
0
IPL
35
7
3
45
16
11.25
67
67.16
0
0
4
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
63
61
3407
2967
104
6/25
5.23
28.53
32.76
5
1
0
T20I
22
22
489
583
41
5/24
7.15
14.22
11.93
2
1
0
Test
7
13
1063
620
26
5/57
3.5
23.85
40.88
3
2
0
IPL
35
33
680
921
36
4/20
8.13
25.58
18.89
1
0
0

By the time Kuldeep Yadav was 20 years old he had played first-class cricket for Uttar Pradesh, represented India in the U-19 World Cup, got himself selected by Mumbai Indians. Later, he represented India in all three formats and became a crucial member of the squad for the 2019 ICC ODI World Cup.

Let’s take a look at the career of a prodigious talent that Kuldeep Yadav is.

IPL CAREER

Kuldeep Yadav, still in his teens, was selected by Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2012 auctions, but the player did not feature in any of the games held that season.

He came into the limelight in 2014 when he took a hat-trick against Scotland in the U-19 World Cup and ended up being the joint highest wicket-taker. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bought him during the 2014 auctions for INR 40 Lakh ($66,000). He couldn’t get to play in a single game that season as well.

Kuldeep Yadav had to wait for the Champions League 2014 to make a debut with KKR. The IPL debut came in 2016 playing for KKR. He played only 6 games that season. For the next two seasons, 2017 and 2018, he became the mainstay of the team and played 12 and 16 matches respectively. In IPL 2019 he could only play 9 games as he wasn’t picked in playing XI after he had broken down in a game with Moeen Ali taking him to the cleaners in the last over.

In the overall IPL stats, Kuldeep Yadav has played 40 matches in 4 seasons and has picked up 39 wickets at an average of just under 30. IPL 2018 has been by far his best season with 17 wickets at an average of just under 25.

ODI CAREER

Left-arm wrist spinners are a rare thing in world cricket and Kuldeep Yadav is one of them. He impressed the world with his accurate and wristy bowling action in the U-19 World in 2014. His consistent performances in domestic circuits for Uttar Pradesh and later in IPL granted him the right to wear a jersey with a number 23 on it in ODIs for India. He debuted in an away series against West Indies in June 2017.

Kuldeep Yadav took part in the first ODI of the series against the West Indies but the game turned out to be a washout. In the second game, he showed his value with 3 for 50 in a rain-shortened game. Later, in South Africa in 2018, he picked up an astonishing 17 wickets at under 14 runs per wicket in just 6 games. With that, he secured his place in the Indian ODI squad for the 2019 ODI World Cup.

Kuldeep Yadav has played 60 ODIs for India and has picked up 104 wickets so far. He has a decent average of around 26 with an exceptional economy rate of just above 5 runs an over. He is ranked 16th in current ICC ODI bowler rankings. He holds the record of being the fastest Indian spinner, in terms of innings (58 Innings), to reach 100 wickets. Kuldeep Yadav is also the only Indian bowler to take two ODI hat-tricks – against Australia and West Indies.

TEST CAREER

Kuldeep Yadav emerged in the cricketing circles around 2012, playing his first U-19 game aged just 17. His left arm unorthodox bowling style was unique and caught the eye of the audience. He was consistent and he kept taking wickets. It was just a matter of time before he started playing for India.

After making a mark for Utter Pradesh and India A, Kuldeep Yadav made his debut against Australia in 2017 at home in Dharmshala and became the 288th player to represent India in Tests. Kuldeep took 4 for 68 in the first innings. More importantly, he became the first left-arm wrist spinner ever to represent India in Test cricket.

In 2018, during the maiden Test Match against West Indies, Kuldeep Yadav took a five-wicket haul. With that, he set a record of being the first Indian and the fourth overall to take 5-wicket hauls in all three international formats.

In Tests, Kuldeep Yadav is the third one in line, after Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, and thus, he has played just 6 Tests so far. However, he makes a mark whenever he gets a chance. In January 2019, in the fourth test at Sydney, Kuldeep took 5 for 99 to hold Australia for 300. The Test ended in a draw and India managed to hold the lead and win the series 2-1, which was India’s first-ever series win in Australia.

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