Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav (AFP Photo)

Kuldeep Yadav has taken rapid strides in international cricket having become one of India‘s frontline bowlers, enjoying an excellent run across formats. 2018 was a year to remember for the left-arm spinner who picked 45 wickets in 19 ODIs at 17.77 while in 9 T20Is, he took 21 wickets at an unreal average of 9.8.

It’s no surprise that he is an important part of India’s plans for the ICC World Cup that starts in May in England and for Kuldeep, making a meaningful contribution resulting in his team lifting the title at Lord’s is a dream.

“To be very honest I am still living a dream,” Kuldeep told The Indian Express. “I never thought in my wildest dreams that I will be a part of the World Cup squad. If India wins the World Cup then it will be the biggest moment in my career. I do not know how I will celebrate. The entire country wants it and if I can win it for the country then I will know that I have made a meaningful contribution to my country. This is my dream.”

Kuldeep has struck a lethal partnership with fellow wristspinner Yuzvendra Chahal in limited-overs cricket. The 24-year-old said the reason behind the duo’s combined success is their unrelenting search for wickets in the middle-overs when batsmen are trying to save themselves in order to let loose in the death overs.

“Yes, my partnership with Chahal has been quite successful. Other teams play normal cricket in the middle overs trying to keep wickets in hand for the death overs but our mindset is to pick wickets in middle overs. As leg-spinners, it is not easy for us because if we don’t take wickets then we can go for runs. But we back each other and that is our strength. For any partnership to thrive, two players need to work in tandem and I am happy it is benefitting the Indian team,” he said.

Talking about his form last year, he said, “I am happy with how the entire year panned out. It began on a good note in South Africa and ended well in Australia. I enjoyed the challenges that came my way and I hope I continue delivering whenever my team requires.”