The most crucial IPL in Kuldeep Yadav’s career
Four years ago Kuldeep Yadav made his test debut for India against Australia at Dharamshala and totally bamboozled the Aussie batsmen in the 1st innings which helped India to ultimately win the test and the series. The UP left arm chinaman spinner went from strength to strength and became one of India’s spin twins in white ball cricket along with his partner in crime Yazuvendra Chahal after Ashwin and Jadeja were dropped from the Indian white ball squad post champions trophy 2017.
” Kulcha ” as they were famously known dismantled leading batting lineups to win numerous ODIs and T20Is both home and abroad. He was also talked about being India’s 1st choice overseas spinner in tests and actually started moving well in that direction with a fifer in Sydney test 2019.
However an IPL match in 2019 season in Eden Gardens Kolkata between RCB and KKR totally changed the direction of his career. Virat Kohli and Moeen Ali were in imperious form as both ripped through the KKR bowling, Kuldeep included to post a big score and finally RCB winning that game. Kuldeep was particularly thrashed by left handed Moeen in that innings and ever since seem to be struggling to get back his form and mojo. Gradually he lost his spot in ODIs in the first XI and went out of favour in test arena as well.
Though he has been in the squad, he no longer commands a spot in 1st XI. In the recent test series vs England, he played in one of the tests but was bowled very sparingly as Ashwin and Axar caused all the damage to England. He got another chance in ODIs but was thrashed mercilessly by the England batters specially Stokes. He even went on record saying that he was at a loss to understand what line he should bowl to England batsmen.
The most crucial IPL in Kuldeep Yadav’s career. Clearly the absence of MS Dhoni behind the stumps is taking its toll on Kuldeep as Dhoni would always come up with great tips and suggestions on how to bowl which has made both Kuldeep and Chahal such skillful operators. However now Kuldeep is looking a shadow of his past.
Kuldeep really needs some confidence boosting spells in this IPL which will be a most crucial tournament now for him to resurrect his dipping career. He seems to have become more predictable and is being read by the batsmen with ease. He played only 5 games in last IPL and hence now is the time for him to rise from the ashes and play a crucial part to take his franchise all the way.
He has the ability but does he have the confidence to bounce back? Time will tell.