Kuldeep Yadav, the Hat-trick star of India

 . Last updated on November 22, 2018, 2:13 PM
Kuldeep Yadav, the Hat-trick star of India

Kuldeep Yadav is the only Indian spinner to nick hat-tricks in all the three formats of cricket.

Kuldeep Yadav is a bowler in Indian Cricket team. He is a slow left-arm china-man bowler playing for India since his U-19 days. In domestic arena, he plays for Uttar Pradesh and in IPL, he is with Mumbai Indians. So far, Yadav has played 4 Test matches, 29 ODIs and 12 T20 Internationals, addition to 28 First Class matches. In Test, the bowler knocked 15 wickets, while in ODI his wicket tally is 58. In T20 International matches Yadav took 24 wickets. In First-Class, his figure his 108. His best bowling figure in Test is five wickets for 57 runs. In ODI, the best figure is 6 for 25 runs, while in T20I, he took 5 wickets for 24 as his top performance.

Kuldeep Yadav wreaked up a unique record in the latest Test series between India and West Indies. He became the first china-man bowler to nick a five-wicket haul in Test cricket. The match was against West Indies in Rajkot. In Day 3 of the Test, Yadav emerged as the most successful bowler sending Windies players back to pavilion one after another. Kuldeep Yadav took down Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase and Kierron Powell. In the after-match interview Yadav mentioned that it was difficult to him to switch from red to white ball, as he just came from the Asia Cup tournament, which is a white ball game. Still, it was his dedication that made the bowler successful. Kuldeep especially went to his coach to practice with the red ball before the Test against West Indies.

Kuldeep Yadav played U-19 World Cup in 2014 where he took a hat-trick against Scotland.

Kuldeep Yadav played U-19 World Cup in 2014 where he took a hat-trick against Scotland.

Kuldeep Yadav was born in Unnao of Uttar Pradesh on 14 December 1994. Born in a middle-class family. Kuldeep’s father owned a brick kiln. His father is Ram Singh, and his mother is Usha Yadav. He has an elder sister as a sibling. Young Kuldeep joined the Cricket Academy of Kanpur where he received training under Kapil Pandey. He started bowling as a fast bowler, but latter he found the unorthodox style as his specialty. In his early days, Yadav faced some serious low times. Once he confessed that he event wanted to commit suicide as a 13 years old cricketer, when he was not selected in the U-15 team of Uttar Pradesh. The lags made him think of leaving cricket all together.


Kuldeep Yadav entered the U-19 team of India for 2014 ICC World Cup. In the campaign, Yadav took a hat-trick against Scotland. Although Yadav entered team India in October 2014, his debut was only in 2017. The bowler debuted Test in the match against Australia in March 2017. In the next month, he nicked a milestone after debuting ODI. He nicked a hat-trick against Australia at the Eden Gardens match in the format. He was only the third Indian bowler after Chetan Sharma and Kapil Dev to haul the record.

Kuldeep Yadav played U-19 World Cup in 2014 where he took a hat-trick against Scotland.

Kuldeep Yadav plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL.

Yadav debuted T20 International against West Indies on 9th July 2017. Next year, he reached the record feat of becoming the first left-arm china-man bowler to nick five wickets in the shortest format. Again, a year after in July 2018, Yadav nicked another impressive record. He reached the best bowling figure by any china-man bowler in ODI taking 6 wickets for 25 runs. Among other records of Kuldeep Yadav, he is the third spinner in world to nick five-wicket hauls in all the three formats of the game.

In 2018, Kuldeep Yadav has an estimated net-worth of more than US $2.2 million. In the year, his annual income is deemed as US $1.4 million. IPL has been a prime income for the player. He was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders at US $ 0.9 million per season.


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