IPL 2016: Kuldeep Yadav basks in the affection from Yuvraj Singh

Kolkata Knight Riders‘ (KKR) campaign for season 9 of Indian Premier League (IPL) has ended with their defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the eliminator, but they have given a magical spinner to Indian cricket — Kuldeep Yadav. Chinaman bowler Yadav has been around with KKR since 2014 but got the chance to show his bowling skills only in this edition of the tournament and impressed everyone too. Read: Virender Sehwag trolls Ashish Nehra, Morne Morkel, Jason Holder on Twitter

The young cricketer from Uttar Pradesh has been highly rated by another Chinaman, famous Australian bowler Brad Hogg and former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, who has been mighty impressed with him and has even suggested selectors to keep an eye on him. In the eliminator game of IPL 2016 against SRH, Kuldeep did very well by scalping Moises Henriques and the in-form David Warner’s wicket. No batsman was able to play him comfortably except Yuvraj Singh, who was able to go after him quite easily and went on to score a crucial 30-ball 44.

As reported by iplt20.com, Kuldeep spoke about Yuvraj’s batting and the appreciation he got from him after the match and said, “It ended on a good performance personally but not a good result for the team unfortunately. It feels good when Yuvi bhai (Yuvraj Singh) appreciates you. He knows me for a long time and it is a big thing for me that a cricket legend talks to me so affectionately and acknowledges me. That really feels good.” Read: IPL 2016: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 22 runs at Delhi, Stars and Flops

He also talked about his plan against SRH skipper Warner and added, “I was planning for him. I have seen the Delhi wicket; it was holding and keeping low. So I was trying to give him a single or two (and contain boundaries), mixing the pace and variation.”

The 21-year-old chinaman bowler further quipped about the consistency he has shown in the last domestic season and in IPL too by saying, “I think it is hard work. I have been with this franchise for three years and I had played only three games in three years. So I was working very hard off the field also. I have been working on all aspects of the game and fitness. And it has definitely paid off.”