That Kuldeep Yadav took up spin bowling after harbouring fast bowling ambitions as a kid is well known. Ever since he turned into a chinaman bowler – a rather rare commodity – life has changed for the 19-year old. From bowling to the local boys at the nets in a silent corner in Kanpur to brushing shoulders with the best in the business in the Indian dressing room, Kuldeep has come a long way. Right since his U-19 days, Yadav has shown a lot of promise with his variations with the ball. He boasts of bamboozling Sachin Tendulkar in one of the net sessions when he was part of the Mumbai Indians setup. Yadav then moved to Kolkata Knight Riders harbouring hopes of a game in the IPL but it was only in the Champions League T20 that he got his chance to prove a point.
Yadav was economical and played perfect foil to Sunil Narine earning him praise from the cricketing circuit. He was included in India’s ODI squad for the series against West Indies in October 2014 but didn’t get a game there. He made his first-class debut that year in the Duleep Trophy representing Central Zone and picked up three wickets along with a half century with the bat.