Full Name

Kuldeep Yadav

Born

December 14, 1994, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh

Age

29y 125d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Left arm Wrist spin

Playing Role

Bowler

Kuldeep Yadav IPL factfile

- Kuldeep Yadav is the most successful left-arm wristspinner in the IPL.

- He was first introduced by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2016 in a continuation of their faith in left-arm wristspin, first starting alongside Brad Hogg and then replacing the veteran Australian.

- His form fell away in the 2019 and 2020 seasons, and he missed IPL 2021 due to a knee injury before being let go by KKR.

- In 2022, after six seasons with KKR, he was picked by Delhi Capitals (DC). The move seemed to work for him, 2022 being his most prolific IPL season: he took 21 wickets at a strike rate of 14.19, finishing in the tournament's top-five wicket-takers.

Kuldeep Yadav player profile

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.
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Kuldeep Yadav Career Stats

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests122219641116535/408/11321.053.4037.0340
ODIs103100518943701686/256/2526.015.0530.8720
T20Is3534740832595/175/1714.106.7412.5120
FC4068751144591576/799/12028.403.5647.8980
List A116113584948501896/256/2525.664.9730.9830
T20s148145311438401805/175/1721.337.3917.3530

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Tests121511914013.6466128.890018130
ODIs10337181901910.0033856.2100140150
T20Is35734623*11.505977.960020100
FC40526101611722.08256739.57161217140
List A11645212442510.1642857.0000170170
T20s148462923323*13.7028482.0400172360
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Recent Matches of Kuldeep Yadav

MatchBatBowlDateGroundFormat
DC vs LSG--3/2012-Apr-2024LucknowT20
DC vs RR--1/4128-Mar-2024JaipurT20
DC vs PBKS12/2023-Mar-2024MullanpurT20
India vs England305/72 & 2/4007-Mar-2024DharamsalaTest # 2534
India vs England280/22 & 4/2223-Feb-2024RanchiTest # 2531

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Rishabh Pant needed wickets, and Kuldeep Yadav got him a bunch of them
Kuldeep Yadav appeals for the wicket of KL Rahul
Kuldeep Yadav has a chat with his captain Rishabh Pant
Kuldeep Yadav - back in action, and back among the wickets
Kuldeep Yadav picked the crucial wicket of Jos Buttler
Kuldeep Yadav coaxed Rishabh Pant into taking a review and he was proven right