A dewy-eyed ambitious left-arm fast bowler with an unsuitable physique attended a Kanpur academy with great hopes of becoming India's next Zaheer Khan. Kuldeep and his coach, Kapil Pandey, concluded after a long time that his abilities were not suited to the assignment. As a result, he was encouraged to take Robert Frost's 'road less travelled,' or chinaman, sluggish left-arm unorthodox.
Kuldeep, a rare breed of modern-day chinaman bowlers, has brought the craft back to life with the help of a few other young chinamen. He made history by becoming India's highest wicket-taker in the 2014 Under-19 World Cup, as well as the first Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in the tournament's history. His performance was seen as a watershed moment for the Indian youth, and he began to draw the attention of selectors. Kuldeep was given greater exposure in the 2016 Duleep Trophy in terms of his potential, and he once again bamboozled the inexperienced batters.
The Chinaman finished the competition with 17 wickets in three matches and was instrumental in bringing his team to the tournament final - an impressive achievement for an apparent rookie.
Despite limited opportunities, Kuldeep's trademark cunning and equally unorthodox approach were beginning to garner national notice, and he had put in enough solid performances to earn a call-up to the Indian team for the 2017 home Tests against Australia. In Dharamsala, wrist spin magician Anil Kumble presented him with the coveted Test cap. The new blood completely foxed the veteran Australian batsmen, who were clearly taken off guard by the selection (Rahane went with a 5-bowler approach). Yadav took four wickets on his debut, setting the groundwork for a convincing Indian victory as the Border-Gavaskar trophy was restored to India.
Yadav didn't have to wait long for his ODI call-up, as he made his maiden appearance in pyjamas during the West Indies trip in mid-2017. He was the tour's equal leading wicket-taker despite being snubbed for the first three ODIs in Sri Lanka. He returned in the remaining two matches of the series and the subsequent Australia series, proving (though figuratively) that removing him was a mistake with a hat-trick against the Aussies, India's first in ODIs since Kapil Dev and Chetan Sharma more than two decades before.
Kuldeep is an evolved bowler who has learned the tricks of the trade and has demonstrated his application extremely well, particularly in the ODI leg of the tour of South Africa in early 2018, where he used his stock ball to good effect to run through one of the best limited-overs batting lineups in the world, and also used his enigmatic googly sparingly such that he was able to run through one of the best limited-overs batting lineups in the world. With his ability to deceive batsmen in the air and above eye level, as well as his cunning ability to use the width of the crease, Kuldeep has all the ingredients to lead a potential chinaman revolution, having resurrected a dying art, much like his blonde, scheming right-handed counterpart did in the early 1990s.
Yadav signed an Indian Premier League deal with the Mumbai Indians in 2012, but after making headlines for his googly in the nets that defeated Sachin Tendulkar, he failed to make the playing XI in his first season. Two years later, he was moved to the Kolkata Knight Riders, although he never played a game. Kuldeep Yadav was handed his due in the 2016 IPL by the KKR club, and he did not disappoint. In three games, the slow-left arm bowler took six wickets. His opportunities were hampered by the presence of Brad Hogg. KKR chose to increase their investment in their lethal weapon after being retained for 40 lakhs ahead of the 2017 IPL. Kuldeep was also impressive, taking 12 wickets in 12 games.
He made significant progress at the international level in 2018, and he also made waves in the IPL. In the same edition, he won his first Man of the Match award in an IPL game. Kuldeep bowled a brilliant session of 4 for 20 against RR to help KKR to victory.
Kuldeep Yadav Height and Physical Appearance
- Height: 5’6”
- Weight: 61 kilograms
- Eye colour: Dark Brown
- Hair colour: Black
Kuldeep Yadav Family
Born on 14th December 1994 in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, Kuldeep Yadav Age is 26. The owner of a brick klin, Ram Singh Yadav, is Kuldeep Yadav Father. Kuldeep’s mother
name is unknown. He has an elder sister too.
He is unmarried and currently not dating anyone. There’s no rumours of him dating anyone right now.
Kuldeep Yadav Net Worth
As of November 2020, Kuldeep Yadav's net worth is projected to be Rs 25 crore (US$3.5 million). His net worth is made out of the money he earns as an active Indian cricket player from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). His net worth also includes the income he receives from the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association for representing the state in domestic cricket.
The 26-year-old was one of the 13 cricketers retained by the Kolkata club from their 2019 team during the Dream11 IPL 2020 trading and transfer window. The Kuldeep Yadav IPL 2020 fee for the 2020 season is 5.8 crore (US$813,000), according to the deal. Kuldeep Yadav IPL Price 2020 & 2021 was Rs. 58,000,000.
Kuldeep Yadav Records
- Kuldeep Yadav scored a hat-trick against Scotland in the 2014 ICC U-19 World Cup. Yadav became the first Indian bowler in U-19 World Cup history to record a hat-trick.
- In the 2016 Duleep Trophy, the chinaman bowler took 17 wickets in just three matches, assisting India Red in reaching the finals.
- After dismissing Australia's Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, and Pat Cummins in a home game in September 2017, Kuldeep became the third Indian bowler to achieve a hat-trick in ODIs.
Kuldeep Yadav Awards
- He was named in India's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in April 2019.