Kuldeep Yadav

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Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav in 2014
Personal information
Born (1994-12-14) 14 December 1994 (age 29)
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
NicknameKullu, Kulcha
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)[1]
BowlingLeft-arm unorthodox spin
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 288)25 March 2017 v Australia
Last Test14 December 2022 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 217)23 June 2017 v West Indies
Last ODI12 November 2023 v Netherlands
ODI shirt no.23
T20I debut (cap 69)9 July 2017 v West Indies
Last T20I13 August 2023 v West Indies
T20I shirt no.23
Domestic team information
2012Mumbai Indians
2014–2021Kolkata Knight Riders (squad no. 23)
2009–presentUttar Pradesh (squad no. 3)
2022-presentDelhi Capitals
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 8 92 35 104
Runs scored 94 170 914 224
Batting average 10.44 10.00 22.85 10.18
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 1/6 0/0
Top score 40 19 117 25
Balls bowled 1,165 4,675 6,670 5,179
Wickets 34 155 134 171
Bowling average 21.55 25.65 29.76 25.24
5 wickets in innings 3 2 7 3
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 5/40 6/25 6/79 6/25
Catches/stumpings 3/– 15/– 14/– 16/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 12 October, 2023

Kuldeep Yadav, born on December 14, 1994, is an Indian cricketer known for his left-arm unorthodox spin bowling. Kuldeep represents India and plays for Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket. In the Indian Premier League, he's part of the Delhi Capitals team. He's currently ranked as No. 10th in the ODI, 30th in T20I and 51th in Test by ICC as of September 2023.[2]

His cricket journey includes playing for the Indian Under-19 cricket team and participating in the 2014 U-19 Cricket World Cup.[3] A remarkable achievement came on December 18, 2019, when he became the first Indian bowler to record two hat-tricks in international cricket during a match against the West Indies.[4]

Domestic Career[change | change source]

When Kuldeep Yadav first joined a cricket academy in Kanpur, he was inspired by Wasim Akram and Zaheer Khan and thus he began as a fast bowler. However, his coach Kapil Pandey suggested something unusual - switching to left-arm wristspin. This change wasn't easy, and Kuldeep even considered going back to fast bowling. But he soon realized that left-arm wristspin suited him better. He not only had good control over his deliveries but also mastered a tricky wrong'un.[5][6]

In India, there haven't been many bowlers like him, so Kuldeep gained attention quickly, especially after performing well at the Under-19 level. He was eventually selected for 2014 U-19 Cricket World Cup. Kuldeep Yadav made a significant mark in the World Cup. He became India's top wicket-taker in the tournament and also achieved the rare feat of taking a hat-trick, a first for any Indian bowler in the history of this competition. This outstanding performance turned heads and caught the attention of cricket selectors, making it a pivotal (extremely important) moment for young Indian talent.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. Kuldeep Yadav's profile on Sportskeeda
  2. "ICC Men's ODI Bowling | Player Rankings | ICC". www.icc-cricket.com. Retrieved 22 September 2023.
  3. "U-19 World Cup: Kuldeep's hat-trick sets India win against Scotland". The Times of India. 17 February 2014. ISSN 0971-8257.
  4. "Kuldeep Yadav 1st Indian to take more than 1 international hat-trick". India Today. 18 December 2019.
  5. "Some Interesting facts about Kuldeep Yadav- India's first Chinaman bowler". Cricket Times. 24 June 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2023.
  6. Shashank, V. (31 January 2021). "I never liked spin and always wanted to be a fast bowler: Kuldeep Yadav". Mpl Blog. Retrieved 17 September 2023.
  7. "Kuldeep Yadav Profile - ICC Ranking, Age, Career Info & Stats". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 17 September 2023.

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