Kuldeep Yadav Biography

kuldeep yadav
Kuldeep Yadav
Born: Dec 14, 1994 kuldeep yadav
Birth Place: Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Height: 5′ 6″
Role: Bowler
Batting Style: Left Handed Bat
Bowling Style: Left-arm chinaman


Batting Career Stats:-

M Inn Runs HS Avg SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
Test 6 6 51 26 8.5 31.68 0 0 0 6 0
ODI 54 20 101 19 12.62 58.38 0 0 0 8 0
T20I 19 2 20 16 20 100 0 0 0 2 0
IPL 40 9 44 16 8.8 81.48 0 0 0 4 0


Bowling Career Stats:-

M Inn B Runs Wkts Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
Test 6 10 989 579 24 3.51 24.12 41.21 2 0
ODI 54 52 2832 2336 96 4.95 24.33 29.5 1 0
T20I 19 19 429 499 37 6.98 13.49 11.59 1 0
IPL 40 39 824 1144 39 8.33 29.33 21.13 0 0

Nickname: Kulee
Profession: Cricketer
Height (approx.): 168 cm
Weight (approx.): 61 Kg
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Hair Colour: Black
Date of Birth: 14 December 1994
Age:  25 years
Birth Place: Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Zodiac sign/Sun sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

Once wanted to be a left-arm seamer, Kuldeep Yadav, today is regarded as one of the best left-arm spinners in the word going around. Born in Uttar Pradesh, Kuldeep Yadav drew a fascination for cricket from a very young age. Watching the likes of Wasim Akram and Zaheer Khan in his early days, Kuldeep Yadav wanted to represent Indian as a left-arm seamer.

However, given his built and talent as a fast-bowler, his coach soon realised that his ambition perhaps doesn’t match with his fast bowling skills. Hence, he told him to turn into a left-arm spinner itself. Surprisingly, Kuldeep gave excellent results in a very short space of time. He started watching videos of Shane Warne and learnt the art of spinning the ball and different kinds of variations necessary to fox the batsman.

I keep watching videos of Warne. His grip of the ball, length of deliveries and use of the crease are unbeatable. I try to learn from the footage,”— Kuldeep Yadav talks about his idol Shane Warne in an interview.

Kuldeep Yadav

Gradually, Kuldeep rose through the ranks and kept improving his art and thereby made a name in age-group cricket. However, things turn ugly for the Uttar Pradesh bowler when he wasn’t selected in the under-15 team. Disappointed with not getting selected, Kuldeep even try committed suicide. His father who has been his biggest mentor throughout his journey kept motivating him and make him stand to his feet once again.

He continued his good show with the ball in the age group cricket and was soon selected in the under-19 team. Excellent performances in different tournament meant he was included in India’s 19 team for the 2014 under-19 World Cup.

2014 UNDER-19WORLD CUP:   

Kuldeep Yadav

2014 under-19 World Cup proved to be the turning point of his career as he ended the tournament as the highest wicket-taker. He set the tournament alight with his brilliant left-arm spin bowling. Be it any side, the batsmen looked clueless against the Uttar Pradesh bowler as he also became the first bowler to claim a hat-trick in the history of the tournament.


Kuldeep Yadav

With regard to his potential, Kuldeep was given more exposure in the 2016 Duleep Trophy and he once again bamboozled the clueless batsmen. The chinaman ended the tournament with 17 wickets in three matches and played a major role in leading his side to the final of the tournament – a commendable feat for an alleged rookie.


Kuldeep Yadav exploits with the ball in the domestic circuit was no more an unheard news now and thus was called-up to represent Indian National Team for the Australia home tests in 2017. He made his debut in Test cricket against Australia in 2017. In what was the fourth test of the series, Kuldeep came into the side as a surprise package and to be honest Yadav was handed an Indian Premier League contract in 2012 by the Mumbai Indians, but he failed to make the playing XI in his debut season, despite making headlines for beating Sachin Tendulkar with his googly in the nets. He was transferred to the Kolkata Knight Riders two years later, but still failed to play a game., he made the Aussies clueless with his variations. He picked four wickets in his debut game and helped Indian win the fourth test and thereby the series.

Kuldeep Yadav made his one-day international debut against West Indies in 2017. He completely bamboozled the Windies batting line up as he ended up as the joint highest wicket-taker in the series.

kuldeep yadav and yuzvendra chahal

The Kuldeep Yadav-Yuzvendra Chahal duo kept giving excellent performance and soon took over the place of Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the side. Till 2019 World Cup, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were the two first-choice spinners in the side. However, in the 2019 World Cup, Yadav didn’t have a great show with the bat as the batsmen looked comfortable against his variations in English conditions.

Since then, Kuldeep hasn’t been the mainstay in the side with Virat deciding to play with only one between Chahal and Kuldeep to play in the ODIs. Also, given that Ashwin and Jadeja are two integrals cogs in Test cricket, Kuldeep still have to wait to earn a place there too.


Mumbai Indians first bought the services of Kuldeep Yadav in the 2012 edition, however, he didn’t play a single game in that edition and the following year as well.

He made his debut in the Indian Premier League in the 2016 edition of the IPL with Kolkata Knight Riders. He performed well by taking six wickets in three matches. Given the presence of Brad Hogg in the side, Kuldeep couldn’t get a lot of chances for the franchise but was still retained for the next year.

He played 12 matches in the 2017 edition and claimed as many wickets at an average of just 28.33. Year 2018 has so far been his best, having foxed the batsmen for as many as 17 times in 16 games at an average of 24.58.

He endured an ordinary spell in the 2018 edition of the IPL, with just 4 wickets in 9 matches. Given, he is no more a first choice spinner in the side, he would be looking to make the IPL 2020 his own and earn a place for the T20 World Cup.


Kuldeep Yadav

  • After cricket, football is Yadav’s favourite sport. He is a big fan of the FC Barcelona Club.
  • Yadav loves to travel and listening to music. His favourite song is The Monster by Eminem.
  • Like most of us millennials, Yadav loves to Netflix and chill!
  • Australian bowler, Shane Warne, is Yadav’s favourite bowler.
  • Another legendary Australian, Michael Clarke, even compared Kuldeep Yadav’s Chinaman bowling to Brad Hogg’s.
  • Just like his fellow teammate, Yuzvendar Chahal, Yadav claims to be very shy. He accepts that he doesn’t talk much, however, he is always up for pranks. The light and friendly atmosphere in the dressing room helps the team to perform better on the field





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