Kuldeep Yadav is one of the crucial spinners for India and did a great job for the team in recent series. He is the second best bowler in ODIs according to ICC ratings. Since a couple of years, he did his best to emerge as the best wrist spinner in the world. He picked 17 wickets for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2018 at an economy rate of 8.14 and in total he picked 35 scalps from 31 IPL games since a couple of years. He is blossoming as one of the greatest spinners India ever produced in domestic and international formats.
Here is an account of a few memorable performances of Kuldeep Yadav in IPL.
- IPL 2016 3/35 against Sunrisers Hyderabad
Kuldeep registered best of his spells against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016 at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. Though SRH won the game, he could do his best to wind them up at 162 runs though they were well-equipped with star batsmen. Kuldeep picked his first wicket in the form of David Warner at the score of 28 runs. He amassed 842 runs from that season. Later, he dismissed Ben Cutting as Robin Uthappa caught him out with a good stumping. Later, he picked the wicket of Moises Henriques. In that season he played three games and picked six wickets.
- IPL 2018 3/32 Vs Delhi Daredevils
At Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Nitish Rana slammed a half-century and Andre Russel played a decent innings to hand the team a whopping score of 200 runs. In that game, with his variant deliveries, he broke the pair of Rishabh Pant and Glenn Maxwell. Rishabh Pant was caught by Piyush Chawla and Maxwell was picked by Robin Uthappa. Later, he picked the scalp of Trent Boult. In that match, Delhi Daredevils were all-out for 129 runs. Kuldeep picked 3 wickets by conceding 32 runs from 3.2 overs.
- IPL 2018 4/20 Vs Rajasthan Royals
After the Powerplay, Kuldeep Yadav made a match-winning performance when Rajasthan Royals were handed strong foundation by Rahul Tripathi and Jos Buttler at Eden Gardens. He dismissed Ajinkya Rahane for 11 runs and later picked the scalp of Jos Buttler. He dismissed Stuart Binny to reduce Rajasthan to 96/5. Then he picked the wicket of Ben Stokes at the score of 11 runs to wind the opponents’ innings at 142 runs. Later, KKR finished the target within 18 overs. He picked 4 wickets by conceding 20 runs from 4 overs. He bagged the man of the match award for his splendid show.