Kuldeep Yadav: The Indian Chinaman
Kuldeep Yadav becomes first Indian to get hat-trick in ICC Under-19 World Cup © Getty Images


Feb 17, 2014


Kuldeep Singh Yadav became the first Indian Under-19 bowler to take an Youth One-Day International hat-trick as he removed Nick Farrar, Kyle Starling, and Alex Baum in consecutive deliveries against Scotland at Dubai on Monday.


The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) had surprised everyone by picking Kuldeep Yadav. He had been with Mumbai Indians (MI) for the last season’s Indian Premier League (IPL).



At the time of writing this article, Yadav has picked up 38 wickets from 20 Youth ODIs at a remarkable average of 16.63 and an economy rate of 3.86. With 14 wickets in two Tests, he was responsible for the Test series victory in Sri Lanka.


Yadav belongs to one of those rare species of bowlers – an Indian who bowls Chinamen. He tosses the ball in the air, which can turn out to be lethal when he bowls from around the wicket, and may remind viewers of Brad Hogg when he strides in.


Despite his aggressive approach Yadav has an amazing control over the line and length. However, it is his unorthodox style that makes him a weapon for Vijay Zol, and may go a long way for an inclusion in the Indian spin armoury.