Kuldeep Yadav stood as the first Indian spinner to take 5 wickets in the T20Is and the first left-arm spinner to pick six wickets from a single ODI. He came into the limelight in the U19 world cup in 2014 at United Arab Emirates, UAE. He picked a hat-trick in that series. He was picked by Mumbai Indians for IPL in 2014 but he made his debut in IPL 2016 for Kolkata Knight Riders.
This boy from Uttar Pradesh got his national call by picking 17 wickets off 12 games in IPL 2017 and made his debut against West Indies in June 2017 in ODI format.
Here are some of the reasons that make him the best Indian spinners all time.
He is one of the consistent Indian bowlers since his ODI debut. He picked eight wickets off 5 matches in the series against West Indies at an economy rate of 4.05. In September last year, he picked a hat-trick against Australia and stood as the third bowler from India to pick a hat trick. He picked 22 wickets off 14 games with an economy rate of 4.84. In 2018, he picked 17 wickets off 6 games and stood as the main reason behind the victory of India by the lead of 5-1. He got a good hand from Yuzwendra Chahal and in the series against England, he picked 5 wickets from two games in the T20Is.
He managed to restrict the English batsmen on their home soil which is not a spinner friendly one. His 6/25 made English halt their innings at the total of 268 runs. He proved his worth on tough grounds like South Africa and England.
- Rare commodity
He is one of the rare assets Indian team had. He is one of the rare left-arm chinaman bowlers where we can find a bunch of off-spinners, leg-spinners, and left-arm orthodox bowlers. He is one of the bowlers who can smash the batsmen with variations in the deliveries. Most of the non- Asian batsmen are confused by his googlies.
- He is young and dynamic
He is one of the youngest members of the team. This 23-year old bowler can serve the team for a decade or so. He is one of the bowlers who attained rare records at a young age. He is one of the trust-worthy bowlers for the skipper Virat Kohli and expects to serve the team in many years to come with a long cricket career ahead.