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When Kuldeep Yadav Turned Pacer and Umesh Yadav Chinaman

Cricketnext Staff |April 14, 2017, 9:08 AM IST
When Kuldeep Yadav Turned Pacer and Umesh Yadav Chinaman

A fit-again Umesh Yadav started his Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign on a high by taking four crucial wickets in Kolkata Knight Riders' massive eight-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab on Friday.

Yadav returned figures of 4/33 with a stellar 18th over where he took three wickets in the space of four balls to send set David Miller (28), Wriddhiman Saha (25), Glenn Maxwell (25) and Axar Patel (0) back in the hut.

KKR were playing without another Yadav, Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, but his absence didn't make much difference as the senior Yadav did the job for the Kolkata outfit.

One night before the showdown, the Yadav duo — Kuldeep and Umesh — were seen having a conversation on the camera.

The chat session began with Umesh Yadav asking his junior from Team India on how he started his career.

In reply, Kuldeep, who wanted to be a fast bowler in the initial days, found his comfort zone in leg-spin bowling.

He said he practised hard and learnt the tricks and techniques to be a Chinaman bowler.

In a video interview on IPLT20.com, both KKR bowlers - Umesh and Kuldeep - promised each other that they will teach their bowling skills to the other.

Umesh decided to teach out and in swings to Kuldeep, while the Chinaman decided to teach the pacer his spinning technique.

WATCH:

Skipper Gautam Gambhir led from the front with a record-equalling 33rd IPL fifty as Kolkata Knight Riders got back to winning ways by registering a thumping 8-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab, which brought Glenn Maxwell's team's unbeaten run in this edition of the league to an end.

Gambhir scored an unbeaten 72 off 49 deliveries to guide KKR to their eighth consecutive victory over KXIP as the home side overhauled the target of 171 with 21 deliveries to spare.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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