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Kuldeep Yadav has a unique action that makes him different from other spinners. He is the leading wicket-taker for India in white-ball cricket though he has somewhere lost confidence as evident in the last ODI series against New Zealand. However, he holds a unique record of registering two hat-tricks at the international platform. He is the only Indian cricketer to achieve this feat.
Recalling his hat-trick against West Indies in ODI series last year, Kuldeep Yadav said that it was a special moment for him. As he was struggling to find his form, the hat-trick in Vizag gave him confidence and motivated him.
It was after a long time after the World Cup: Kuldeep Yadav
BCCI released a video in which Kuldeep Yadav chats with his teammates Yuzvendra Chahal and Mayank Agarwal. During the conversations, the chinaman said that the hat-trick against the West Indies was an important milestone in his life.
“It was a very important milestone in my life. It was after a long time after the World Cup that me and Chahal were playing together. After the World Cup, either I was playing or Chahal was playing in a match. And it was also after a gap that I was making a return to the ODI team. This was important hat-trick because a good performance motivates you. This will always remain special,” the bowler said.
In Vizag, Kuldeep Yadav dismissed Shai Hope, Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph in the match putting a halt in West Indies’ chase of 388. The visitors were bundled out for 280 as India won the game by 107 runs. Eventually, the host also won the three-match ODI series.
Kuldeep’s first-hat trick was in a T20I encounter against Australia at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Additionally, he had also taken a hat-trick back in the U-19 World Cup in 2014 against Scotland.