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Kuldeep Yadav
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Kuldeep Yadav

India|bowler
Kuldeep Yadav

INTL CAREER: 2014 - 2021

Full Name

Kuldeep Yadav

Born

December 14, 1994, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh

Age

26y 128d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Left arm wrist spin

Playing Role

Bowler

TEAMS

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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Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test7121063620265/576/11923.843.4940.80220
ODI6361336629301056/256/2527.905.2232.00410
T20I2120453537395/245/2413.767.1111.60110
FC3354611837191236/799/12030.233.6449.70860
List A7371387633081196/256/2527.795.1232.50420
T209996207326071205/175/1721.727.5417.20320
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test78054266.7518529.18006030
ODI6321121181913.1118862.760010090
T20I2121201620.0020100.00002080
FC3343486611722.20206142.01161086140
List A7328141672511.9227261.3900130110
T2099221212517*12.5013890.5700120260
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Recent Matches - Player

MATCHBATBOWLDATEGROUNDFORMAT
India vs England--0/8426-Mar-2021PuneODI # 4283
India vs England--0/6823-Mar-2021PuneODI # 4281
India vs England0 & 30/16 & 2/2513-Feb-2021ChennaiTest # 2411
Indians vs Australia A15 & 00/41 & 0/406-Dec-2020SydneyFC
India vs Australia--1/5702-Dec-2020CanberraODI # 4267

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Photos


Opinions aplenty as India watch a replay on the big screen
Rohit Sharma gets a hug from Kuldeep Yadav after triggering a mix-up that resulted in Jason Roy's run-out
T Natarajan, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav and B Arun at the India nets
Virat Kohli and Kuldeep Yadav share a laugh after the win
Kuldeep Yadav is thrilled after picking up a wicket
R Ashwin hugs Kuldeep Yadav after Ben Foakes departs