Kuldeep Yadav had dreams of becoming a fast bowler, but destiny had different stories in store for him. Chinaman bowlers are a rare breed and KKR proudly owns one of them. Kuldeep has had a fascinating run in the IPL so far. The UP lad, who has been a regular in the Indian side, was bought by KKR for Rs 5.8 crores in the 2018 auction. His match-winning spell (4-20) against Rajasthan Royals in 2018 still stands as his best bowling figures in IPL.
The left-arm bowler came into limelight with his dazzling performance in the 2014 U-19 World Cup when he became the first Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in the history of the tournament. He backed it up with more wickets and ended up being the leading wicket-taker of the tournament.
Kuldeep’s subtlety while delivering variations, be it the wrong’un or the flipper, has been one of the main reasons behind his success in the shorter format.
Kuldeep got a national call in 2017 and soon made headlines for being the first Indian player to have two ODI hat-tricks, the first coming in 2017 against Australia and the other one against the Windies in 2019.