Indian left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has carved a niche for himself over the past few years. However, he recently revealed that the tweaker had butterflies in his stomach ahead of his debut Test match against Australia. The chinaman settled in after picking his maiden wicket in the face of opener David Warner. Since then, the Uttar Pradesh lad hasn’t looked back.
Kuldeep Yadav on his Test debut
Speaking to Cricbuzz, Kuldeep revealed that then-coach Anil Kumble told the youngster that he would make his debut in picturesque Dharamshala. The 25-year-old has scalped 24 Test wickets in 6 outings. He has played 81 international white-ball games and picked over 140 wickets.
“I get emotional when I remember my Test debut in Dharamsala. The most important thing for me at the time was how to perform. I remember a day before the match, Anil sir came to me and said ‘you will play tomorrow, you have to take 5 wickets’,” he said.
I went blank: Kuldeep Yadav
“So, I paused for a second, and then I was like, ‘yes sir, I will pick up 5 wickets’. Sivaramakrishnan sir gave me my Test cap. He gave me some advice, I don’t remember what, as I was completely blank the time. I was feeling a lot of pressure, I was really nervous. I felt that it was a big stage – how will I perform here,” added Kuldeep.
He went on to say in his head, he considered the game as a Ranji Trophy match and that helped him gain confidence. Kuldeep said his plan against Warner worked as he drew first blood. The spinner flighted a few deliveries before sneaking in a flipper to rattle the batter. He said as it was his first wicket, the cricketer almost got tears. His four wickets in the first innings helped India to win that game. Kuldeep has been a vital cog in the Indian line-up across the three formats.