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When Kuldeep Yadav Turned Pacer and Umesh Yadav Chinaman

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

Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh Yadav . (BCCI Photo)


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, 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.


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.

First Published: April 14, 2017, 9:07 AM IST

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