Full name Kuldeep Yadav
Born December 14, 1994, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Current age 23 years 189 days
Major teams India, Central Zone, India A, India Under-19s, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Uttar Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh Under-19s
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm chinaman
|Test debut||India v Australia at Dharamsala, Mar 25-28, 2017 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v India at Pallekele, Aug 12-14, 2017 scorecard|
|ODI debut||West Indies v India at Port of Spain, Jun 23, 2017 scorecard|
|Last ODI||South Africa v India at Centurion, Feb 16, 2018 scorecard|
|T20I debut||West Indies v India at Kingston, Jul 9, 2017 scorecard|
|Last T20I||India v Sri Lanka at Mumbai, Dec 24, 2017 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Central Zone v North Zone at Mohali, Oct 22-25, 2014 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Sri Lanka v India at Pallekele, Aug 12-14, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Railways v Uttar Pradesh at Nagpur, Nov 7, 2014 scorecard|
|Last List A||South Africa v India at Centurion, Feb 16, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Uttar Pradesh v Vidarbha at Nagpur, Mar 31, 2014 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad at Kolkata, May 25, 2018 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2/29, 0*||KKR||v Sunrisers||Kolkata||25 May 2018||T20|
|1/18||KKR||v Royals||Kolkata||23 May 2018||T20|
|1/35||KKR||v Sunrisers||Hyderabad (Deccan)||19 May 2018||T20|
|4/20||KKR||v Royals||Kolkata||15 May 2018||T20|
|1/29||KKR||v Kings XI||Indore||12 May 2018||T20|
|0/43, 5||KKR||v Mum Indians||Kolkata||9 May 2018||T20|
|0/17||KKR||v Mum Indians||Mumbai||6 May 2018||T20|
|1/34||KKR||v Super Kings||Kolkata||3 May 2018||T20|
|1/20||KKR||v RCB||Bengaluru||29 Apr 2018||T20|
|0/22, 7*||KKR||v Daredevils||Delhi||27 Apr 2018||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 - left-arm wristspin. The change wasn't smooth - Kuldeep admitted that he had even tried once - but he soon realised bowling left-arm wristspin 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, and 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 consistently taking wickets, 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, Kuldeep 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, and he made his first-class and List A debuts shortly after.
Having established himself in the Uttar Pradesh and India A sides, Kuldeep made his Test debut against Australia in a deciding match in Dharamsala in March 2017 and claimed 4 for 68 in the first innings.