The Border-Gavaskar series has sprung many surprises on and off the field as the picturesque Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (HPCA) in Dharamsala, is hosting its first Test and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav earned his maiden Test cap while replacing batting mainstay of India Virat Kohli, who picked up injury during the third Test in Ranchi.
The ongoing four-match series has so far witnessed the impressive spells, best figures, gutsy knocks before the series had come to a gripping decider in the foothills of Himalayas.
Kuldeep, who has the capability to win the matches for his side, had a remarkable day with the cherry as it turned sharply both ways following the immaculate line and length which saw Australian on the backfoot during their first innings.
After bagging four wickets on the first Day of the series decider Kuldeep would cherish this moment following the treasure trove of memories in Dharamsala which is a further fascinating site to play the elite level of cricket with the snowcapped mountains in the backdrop.
Kuldeep’s Ten Facts:
- Kuldeep was the left-arm fast bowler.
- In 2014 Under-19 World Cup, Kuldeep bagged a hat-trick against Scotland.
- He idolised Pakistan left-arm legendary fast bowler and former skipper Wasim Akram
- The 22-year-old Kanpur-born Kuldeep became the first chinaman to take part in the Tests for India.
- The mystery bowler can bat as well; who initially did not like the chinaman bowling when his coach in the academy asked him for to change in the genre.
- Kuldeep Yadav was the highest wicket-taker for Uttar Pradesh with 35 wickets in 10 matches which was spread over 13 innings.
- Kuldeep was also the highest run-scorer for UP with 466 runs in 13 innings during the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season.
- In 2014, Kuldeep was inducted into the Indian squad against the West Indies but did not get a game.
- Kuldeep, who was born in 1994, on December 14, made his Test debut on March 25, 2017, when he bagged four wickets in 23 overs while giving away 68 runs.