Kuldeep Yadav’s emergence in 2018 as a dependable wicket-taking spinner in ODI’s has been one of the biggest plus points for Indian cricket. Since his debut versus West Indies at Queen’s Park Oval in 2017, the chinaman has been consistently lethal in matches across formats and enjoying the phenomenal success in international cricket. Last year, the 24-year-old picked up 45 wickets in 19 ODI matches at a staggering average of 17.78 and an equally impressive strike rate of 22.98. He was also the top wicket-taker in series that were played in South Africa, England, and UAE (Asia Cup). Remarkably, he was touring all the countries for the first time.
Be it the bouncy pitches in the Rainbow nation or the challenging conditions Down Under, Kuldeep has become an indispensable part of India’s limited overs setup. He threw in his hat in the Test churn too with a maiden five-wicket haul in his very first Test match in Australia. It helped India enforce the follow-on, the first instance of any opposition team doing sop Down Under. In T20Is he enjoyed similar success as he leapfrogged fellow wrist spinner Shadab Khan to move to No. 2 on the ICC’s T20I rankings for bowlers. Now back in the comforts of his home in Kanpur.