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Kuldeep Yadav

Kuldeep Yadav

India India

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BORN December 14, 1994
BIRTH PLACE Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
ROLE Bowler
BOWLING STYLE Slow left-arm chinaman
Bowling 16 47
All Rounder


Son of a brick kiln owner, Kuldeep Yadav was a meritorious student and played cricket just for fun. It was his father who wanted him to pursue cricket as a career and took him to coach Kapil Pandey. Yadav started as a fast bowler but was then advised by his coach to switch to left-arm wrist spin. Chinaman bowlers are a rare breed and soon Kuldeep began to master that art.

Kuldeep was first picked in the Indian U19 team as a 17-year old but missed out on the selection for the World Cup. He didn't lose hope though and kept working on his game. Eventually, Yadav got the ticket to 2014 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup where he took a hat-trick against Scotland and finished as the joint second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament.

Yadav was initially in the Mumbai squad in the 2012 season but then he was acquired by Kolkata in 2014. After warming the bench for the entire season, Kuldeep finally got the chance to make his debut in the Champions League. He played a perfect foil to Sunil Narine and impressed with his economical spells. In the same year, Yadav made his maiden First Class and List A appearances as well. He was first selected in the national team for an ODI series against West Indies at home but unfortunately, the tour was withdrawn due to a dispute between the West Indian players and the board.

After a wait of almost three years, Kuldeep Yadav eventually made his debut for India, albeit in the longer format of the game. He picked 4/68 against Australia in Dharamsala and took no time in proving his mettle. Soon he was drafted in the Indian ODI squad as well and with the selectors having in mind that the wrist spinners are the way forward, Kuldeep along with Yuzvendra Chahal formed a strong alliance ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5046 120
2 Australia 4320 108
3 England 5253 105
4 New Zealand 3449 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5442 111
5 Australia 5854 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 6095 265
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 5248 262
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