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Full name Kuldeep Yadav
Born December 14, 1994, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Current age 20 years 13 days
Major teams Central Zone, India Under-19s, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Uttar Pradesh Under-19s
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm chinaman
|First-class debut||Central Zone v North Zone at Mohali, Oct 22-25, 2014 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Madhya Pradesh v Uttar Pradesh at Indore, Dec 14-17, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Railways v Uttar Pradesh at Nagpur, Nov 7, 2014 scorecard|
|Last List A||Central Zone v South Zone at Mumbai, Nov 29, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Uttar Pradesh v Vidarbha at Nagpur, Mar 31, 2014 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders at Bangalore, Oct 4, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|4/48, 1||U. Pradesh||v M. Pradesh||Indore||14 Dec 2014||FC|
|0/54, 1||Central Zone||v South Zone||Mumbai||29 Nov 2014||LA|
|1, 0/20||U. Pradesh||v Vidarbha||Nagpur||13 Nov 2014||LA|
|11*, 1/38||U. Pradesh||v Rajasthan||Nagpur||10 Nov 2014||LA|
|0/55, 6*||U. Pradesh||v M. Pradesh||Nagpur||8 Nov 2014||LA|
|2/26, 5||U. Pradesh||v Railways||Nagpur||7 Nov 2014||LA|
|1/48||India A||v Sri Lankans||Mumbai (BS)||30 Oct 2014||Other OD|
|21, 3/94, 56||Central Zone||v North Zone||Mohali||22 Oct 2014||FC|
|0/44||KKR||v Super Kings||Bangalore||4 Oct 2014||T20|
|1/31||KKR||v Hurricanes||Hyderabad (Deccan)||2 Oct 2014||T20|
Kuldeep Yadav started as a fast bowler when he first joined a cricket academy in Kanpur, but was asked by his coach Kapil Pandey to switch to something much rarer - chinaman. The change wasn't smooth - Kuldeep admitted that he had even cried once - but he soon realised bowling bowling spin was the way forward for him. And he was good at it too, having not only solid control over the length, but also a potent wrong'un among his variations.
There haven't been too many bowlers of his ilk in India, with the most recent names in the international game all having come from Australia. Kuldeep, therefore, attracted immediate attention after successful stints at the Under-19 level.
Kuldeep played his first India U-19 game in April 2012 as a 17-year-old and and despite picking up wickets almost every time he played, he stayed below the radar. It was the 2014 edition of the U-19 World Cup in Dubai that pushed his stocks higher. After a wicketless spell in the opening game against Pakistan, Yadav picked up a hat-trick in the next game against Scotland. "As Kuldeep, mere ko wicket nikaalna hai (As Kuldeep, I knew I had to take wickets)," he said after the match.
He gained in stature in the games that followed, repeatedly troubling batsmen with his turn and finished with 14 wickets, the joint second-highest in the tournament. The performance seemed to justify why Kolkata Knight Riders' scouts had forked out $66,000 for him in the IPL auction prior to the Under-19 World Cup.
Kuldeep had been part of the Mumbai Indians set-up in the 2012 season where he had a fond memory of bamboozling Sachin Tendulkar once in the nets with his wrong'un. That did not translate into an IPL debut. Nor did it happen with Knight Riders in the 2014 season. He had to wait until the Champions League where, playing as a support bowler to Sunil Narine, he impressed with his economy. Following those performances, he was included in India's ODI squad for the series against West Indies in October 2014, without yet having played a first-class match or a domestic one-dayer.
ESPNcricinfo staff, October, 2014
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