Kuldeep Yadav is a rare talent. When was the last time you saw a left arm chinaman that too from India? Kuldeep Yadav had high ambitions of becoming a fast bowler but circumstances took him to being a left arm chinaman. Experts and fans talk a lot about him as being the future of Indian cricket. While Kuldeep Yadav is still a 19 year old, his chances of being selected for the World Cup 2015 cannot be denied. He has tasted success in the ICC under 19 World Cup and the recently concluded CLT20.
In a chat with bcci.tv, Kuldeep Yadav shared his experiences after getting selected in the Indian squad.
This is what he said, “It is an outstanding feeling to be a part of the Indian team. I still remember the first time I walked towards the team; everyone greeted me with a lot of kindness and welcomed me with open arms. They spoke to me and that first team meeting is still fresh in my mind. It felt great and the atmosphere was very different to other dressing rooms that I had been part of”
He later added by saying that Suresh Raina was the first player to congratulate him after getting selected. He felt very happy after seeing Raina’s name on his phone. In the CLT20 final, he met MS Dhoni who congratualted him too.
On being asked, When was the first time he met Suresh Raina? Kuldeep Yadav said “I met Raina for the first time in 2012, when I was in the Ranji Trophy one-day side. From that time Raina used to keep a keen eye on me and give me some important inputs on my game. He used to advise me and would take care of me like a little brother. Even now in the Indian dressing room he takes good care of me which is very comforting. He is like a role model to me because I do what he says. There are a lot of good things that he tells me and supports me in whatever I do. I really like the environment he creates amongst the whole dressing room. He is really friendly and it feels great to have someone like him in the dressing room.”