Kuldeep Yadav had made enough noise in the previous season of IPL and the Ranji Trophy to get the attention of selectors with his performances. The left arm Chinaman bowler from Uttar Pradesh continued his form in the limited overs domestic matches and was rewarded with a place in the Indian squad against Australia.
Yadav got his debut in the final Test against Dharamshala, despite the pitch been known to help the seamers rather than the spinners. However, stand-in Captain Ajinkya Rahane’s gamble paid off, as Kuldeep Yadav returned his faith in him with four crucial wickets on day one of the Test. His wickets included David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell and Peter Handscomb.
On being asked about his mental preparedness for his debut, Kuldeep said,” All I was focusing on was to keep the ball in the right area. I gained in confidence after I bowled the first ball in the right spot. I was concentrating bowling in the right area. The moment I got Warner out, I was confident to try out variations.”
He picked his first Test wicket as David Warner nicked one to Ajinkya Rahane at slips. However, Kuldeep considers the wicket of Peter Handscomb to be a special one. Handscomb was clean bowled off a beautiful Chinaman delivery that pitched right at his feet and spun back in beautifully to knock his stumps back.
Kuldeep says,” the most satisfying wicket for me was that of Handscomb. He is a good player of spin and did well with the bat in the previous innings to save the Test match for Australia. I had planned his dismissal and happy that it clicked.”
Kuldeep also said that he was sledged by the Australians as soon as he stepped on the field. However, he said that he wasn’t too disturbed by the banter from the Aussies, since he is used to the same thing, playing in UP.
Kuldeep Yadav will now focus on being the star performer for his IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders in the upcoming IPL 2017.