“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” This can be be said about Kuldeep Yadav.
85 years, 512 Tests. Yes this is the time India took to witness its first chinaman bowler. And it’s none other than Kuldeep Yadav. This young man has the inventiveness of Ashwin, grandeur of Jadeja, elegance of Kumble, prowess of Warne and is bestowed upon by a real fighting spirit of Kohli.
It was an emotional Friday night for Kuldeep’s parents as they went through a night of hopes, aspiration and hard work being paid off. Kuldeep had informed his parents earlier that day that he might get a chance in the Dharmasala Test. Who would’ve thought that this debut will become a dream debut!
Like many athletes from India, Kuldeep Yadav is also from a humble background. His father was the owner of a brick kiln in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh.
Even as a junior cricketer, Kuldeep had impressed pretty early. He was the first Indian to take a hat-trick in the 2014 ICC U-19 World Cup against Scotland in Dubai. He also grabbed the attention of cricket fanatics by becoming India’s leading wicket taker in the tournament.
He was also a member of the Mumbai Indians squad in 2012 and signed up for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2014. He represented KKR in the 2014 Champions League T20.
Though he was a part of the India squad for the series against West Indies in October 2014, he did not appear in any of the matches. In February 2017, he was added to India’s Test squad for their one-off match against Bangladesh but had to wait for his debut.
Thus he had a prolonged stay with the Indian team which really benefitted him in many aspects. Thus there were so many instances when he was called up to join the Indian team but didn’t get a chance in the playing XI. This would’ve surely motivated him to perform better.
As a kid, Kuldeep used to idolise Wasim Akram and wanted to become a fast bowler like the former Pakistan captain.
However, after four-five months of pace-bowling, his coach advised him to take up spin bowling, especially chinaman as the chinaman delivery was the one which came quite naturally to him and the rest is history now..
When he gave up pace bowling, he soon started to appreciate spin bowling once he admired bowling chinaman himself. He started watching videos of Shane Warne in order to master his skills. It was a “moment to remember” for the 22 year old when team India’s coach Anil Kumble took him to his idol Shane Warne ahead of the first Test in Pune. He was all ears to Warne when both of them discussed about the art of spin bowling.
And things turned square pretty soon when the Kanpur lad scalped his maiden immortal wicket of David Warner when India looked in a fix. Warner’s wicket just acted like a catalyst to Kuldeep’s debut Test match as he took scintillating four wickets as India bundled out Australia for 300.
Needless to say but this man has bowled with lot of grit, perseverance and determination this year. He showed real guts when he shattered England with his chinaman bowling by taking a dextrous fifer. He’s the new bowling sensation of India and will go on to become next big thing in Indian cricket.
It really need gutsy effort to pick wickets on a pitch which is a heaven for batsmen. It shouldn’t take much time for him to establish himself as a permanent member of the Indian team. He’ll soon start breaking records and clinching new heights and we wish him all the success and hope he has a prodigious career ahead.