Kuldeep Yadav, India bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Spinner's wizardry and wicket-taking ability crucial for India

Kuldeep's variation that he possesses, including the chinaman — the left-arm wrist-spinner's wrong one — would be of little use in England without his astounding accuracy

G Rajaraman, May 16, 2019 16:08:22 IST

The left-arm wrist-spinner has had a wonderful time in international cricket from the time he was rewarded with his maiden India cap in a Test match against Australia in Dharamsala in March 2017. With as many as 146 wickets under his belt, including 87 in 44 one-day internationals, he has been well-conditioned to be the frontline spinner in the Indian armoury. There is no doubt that he will spark hope each time he is brought on to bowl in the World Cup.

File image of Kuldeep Yadav. Twitter @BCCI

File image of Kuldeep Yadav. Twitter @BCCI

The variation that he possesses, including the chinaman — the left-arm wrist-spinner's wrong one — would be of little use without his astounding accuracy. At a very young age, he has added rich layers to his craft, adjusting his length and pace in keeping with the nature of the surface that he is bowling on and the batsman that he is posing intriguing questions to.

He will draw strength from the fact that when he first bowled in a one-day international in England, he picked up a six-wicket haul in Trent Bridge. He will be aware that the team may not be in a position to field both Yuzvendra Chahal and him in all games in the World Cup and, therefore, be mentally ready to be the sole specialist spinner in the XI some time. He has the emotional strength to rally quickly and find his rhythm and wicket-taking ability.

Of course, it would be a joy if the spin twins can operate in tandem, especially against teams known to be weak against spin. Between them, they have 103 wickets in the 28 one-day internationals they have both played in. Kuldeep Yadav's strike rate showed improvement, even if marginally, when he has bowled alongside the leg-spinner.

Yet, irrespective of whether they get to play together in many of the World Cup games, the left-arm chinaman bowler will be exciting to watch.

Updated Date: May 16, 2019 16:08:22 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254