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Kuldeep Yadav Biography: Talented & Promising Bowler In Indian Cricket Team

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In the last few years, several youngsters have charmed us with their talent. The Indian Premier League has played a crucial role in this matter. Amongst these numerous emerging stars, one name has time and again captured the nation’s attention. Yes, we are talking none other than our very own chinaman bowler, Kuldeep Yadav! In this blog, we will look at cricketer Kuldeep Yadav biography: his career, ipl, facts, stats, etc.

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With a slow start, a dark phase in between, lot of support and love, Yadav seems to have finally found his tune. The talented bowler is earning praise from not just his team, but other legendary cricketers. What is so special about this lad? What makes him a name to look out for? Let us find out.

Kuldeep Yadav Biography

Name

Kuldeep Yadav

Born

14 December 1994

Age

29

Height

5 ft 6 in

Batting

Left-handed

Bowling

Left-arm unorthodox spin

IPL Team

Delhi Capitals

IPL team Price

2 Crore

Net Worth

$4 Million

Role

Bowler

Test

25 March 2017 v Australia

ODI

23 June 2017 v West Indies

T20I

9 July 2017 v West Indies

Team Played for

India, India A, Delhi Capitals, KKR, MI, Uttar Pradesh, India U-19, Uttar Pradesh U-19, Central Zone 

Cricketer Kuldeep Yadav: The Beginning

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Kuldeep has had very humble beginnings. He was born in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh. His father is a brick kiln owner and his mother is a homemaker. As a school student, Yadav was completely focused on his studies and performed very well at school. Cricket was just a fun game then, like most of us. Perhaps, his father had an inclination that his son is made for greater things and pushed him to pursue cricket seriously.

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His father introduced him to his first coach, Kapil Pandey, and Yadav’s life took a big turn that day. Impressed with the young lads’ turns and variations, Pandey decided to train him as a chinaman bowler.

“I keep watching videos of Warne. His grip of the ball, length of deliveries and use of the crease are unbeatable. I try to learn from the footage,”Kuldeep Yadav talks about his idol Shane Warne in an interview.

Though he had a decent start to his career, there was a phase in between, when Yadav wanted to give it all. It happened when he wasn’t selected in Uttar Pradesh’s Under-15 team. Once again, it was his father who helped him get out of that dark phase by continuously encouraging and supporting him.


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Kuldeep Yadav in National Team

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Finally, all efforts bore fruit and the year 2017 turned out to be the milestone year for Kuldeep Yadav. He made his international debut against Australia in March. In September 2017, cricketer Kuldeep Yadav made an ODI hat-trick when he was playing against Australia at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. He holds the distinction of being the first slow left-arm chinaman bowler to represent India in Test Cricket.

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In June 2017, Yadav made his ODI debut against West Indies. The T20I debut followed soon after. Within a year, he made five-wicket hauls in all three formats of the game. With his feat, he joined the coveted league of bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Imran Tahir, and Ajantha Mendis.

In January 2019, Yadav was an integral cog against Australia and his stellar performance helped him jump places in rankings. In February 2019, he was at the second position in T20I bowlers rankings.

Known to always cheer and support youngsters, the then captain, Kohli has always had Yadav’s back. He played a crucial role in helping Yadav secure the coveted Test berth. Kuldeep Yadav in his test debut, did justice to Virat Kohli’s belief by taking the wicket of David Warner in the Test cricket.

“He [Virat Kohli] kept speaking to me and calming me down. I was desperate to play for the country and often you lose the plot and get overawed by the situation. After all, it was a dream I was realizing. But Virat bhai kept asking me to enjoy the moment and not think too much about the situation. He kept asking me to focus on my strengths and bowl in the right areas. It was a good feeling to have him egg you on from the sidelines,” the spinner told news18.com in an interview.

Against West Indies, Kuldeep Yadav became the first bowler for India to take two hat-tricks in ODIs on 18 December 2019.

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In the 2023 Cricket World Cup, Kuldeep Yadav began impressively right from the outset against Australia, claiming 2 wickets for a mere 42 runs. His performance continued to shine in the match against Pakistan, where he secured 2 wickets for 35 runs. However, he faced some challenges against Bangladesh, managing just 1 wicket for 47 runs. A lackluster bowling display against New Zealand raised concerns about his ability to handle aggressive batting. Nonetheless, he silenced doubters with a remarkable bowling performance versus England, securing 2 wickets for 24 runs.

Additionally, in 2024, he achieved a five-wicket haul against England.


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Kuldeep Yadav in IPL

Initially, Yadav was signed on by the Mumbai Indians. However, he never really got an opportunity to showcase his talent there. It was finally in 2014 that Yadav was signed by Kolkata Knight Riders at the insistence of Captain Gambhir.

“Gauti Bhai gave me the confidence that I’d play all matches and wouldn’t get dropped even if I didn’t perform to KKR’s expectations. Gauti Bhai wanted me to become a player joh lamba khele [someone who will have a long career], as opposed to having a short career,” Yadav told scroll.in.

Gambhir’s faith in the youngster turned out to be a boon for him and the entire Kolkata Knight Riders team. Cricketer Kuldeep Yadav was bought by the Delhi Capitals in the auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League tournament. In IPL 2024, DC retained Kuldeep Yadav for Rs 2 crore.


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Career Stats of Kuldeep Yadav

  • Bowling
FORMAT Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 12 22 1964 1116 53 5/40 8/113 21.05 3.40 37.0 3 4 0
ODIs 103 100 5189 4370 168 6/25 6/25 26.01 5.05 30.8 7 2 0
T20Is 35 34 740 832 59 5/17 5/17 14.10 6.74 12.5 1 2 0
FC 40 68 7511 4459 157 6/79 9/120 28.40 3.56 47.8 9 8 0
List A 116 113 5849 4850 189 6/25 6/25 25.66 4.97 30.9 8 3 0
T20s 147 144 3090 3820 177 5/17 5/17 21.58 7.41 17.4 5 3 0
  • Batting & Fielding
FORMAT Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 12 15 1 191 40 13.64 661 28.89 0 0 18 1 3 0
ODIs 103 37 18 190 19 10.00 338 56.21 0 0 14 0 15 0
T20Is 35 7 3 46 23* 11.50 59 77.96 0 0 2 0 10 0
FC 40 52 6 1016 117 22.08 2567 39.57 1 6 121 7 14 0
List A 116 45 21 244 25 10.16 428 57.00 0 0 17 0 17 0
T20s 147 46 29 233 23* 13.70 284 82.04 0 0 17 2 36 0

IPL stats

  • Batting & Fielding Stats
YEAR MAT NO RUNS HS AVG BF SR 100 50 4S 6S CT ST
Career 75 19 137 16 13.70 177 77.40 0 0 10 2 18 0
2024 2 0 1 1 1.00 2 50.00 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023 14 8 31 10* 15.50 48 64.58 0 0 2 0 2 0
2022 14 6 48 16* 48.00 52 92.31 0 0 3 2 5 0
2020 5 1 13 12 13.00 21 61.90 0 0 1 0 0 0
2019 9 2 12 10* 6.00 8 150.00 0 0 1 0 3 0
2018 16 2 12 7* 12.00 24 50.00 0 0 1 0 6 0
2017 12 0 20 16 10.00 22 90.90 0 0 2 0 1 0
2016 3 0 0 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 1 0
  • Bowling
YEAR MAT BALLS RUNS WKTS BBM AVE ECON SR 4W 5W
Career 75 1536 2077 74 4/14 28.07 8.11 20.76 3 0
2024 2 48 61 3 2/20 20.33 7.63 16.00 0 0
2023 14 294 361 10 2/15 36.10 7.37 29.40 0 0
2022 14 298 419 21 4/14 19.95 8.44 14.19 2 0
2020 5 72 92 1 1/20 92.00 7.66 72.00 0 0
2019 9 198 286 4 2/41 71.50 8.66 49.50 0 0
2018 16 308 418 17 4/20 24.58 8.14 18.11 1 0
2017 12 246 340 12 2/25 28.33 8.29 20.50 0 0
2016 3 72 100 6 3/35 16.66 8.33 12.00 0 0

Interesting Facts about Kuldeep Yadav

  • After cricket, football is Yadav’s favourite sport. He is a big fan of the FC Barcelona Club.
  • Yadav loves to travel and listening to music. His favourite song is The Monster by Eminem.
  • Like most of us millennials, Yadav loves to Netflix and chill!
  • Australian bowler, Shane Warne, is Yadav’s favourite bowler.
  • Another legendary Australian, Michael Clarke, even compared Kuldeep Yadav’s Chinaman bowling to Brad Hogg’s.
  • Just like his fellow teammate, Yuzvendar Chahal, Yadav claims to be very shy. He accepts that he doesn’t talk much, however, he is always up for pranks. The light and friendly atmosphere in the dressing room helps the team to perform better on the field.

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Undoubtedly, Kuldeep Yadav is one of the brightest stars shining on the Indian horizon. His raw talent, chinaman bowling, and temperament are crucial assets for the team. No wonder then, that he has always enjoyed the support of Indian team captain Kohli, as well as KKR captain Gambhir.

He has also made the country proud by performing well at crucial moments, and his fan following seems to be mounting with every passing day.

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FAQ’s

What is the age of Kuldeep Yadav?

Kuldeep Yadav was born on 14 December 1994 and currently he is 29 years old.

Which team is Kuldeep Yadav in IPL 2024?

In IPL 2024, DC retained Kuldeep Yadav for Rs 2 crore.

Who is Chinaman bowler of India?

Kuldeep Yadav is known as chinaman bowler in India.

Which Indian state is Kuldeep Yadav from?

Kuldeep Yadav was born in Unnao but raised in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

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