Happy Birthday Kuldeep Yadav: A look at 5 records he holds in international cricket
First Published Dec 14, 2020, 11:43 AM IST
Kuldeep Yadav is a chinaman spinner who has made a name for himself in the past few years for Team India, across formats. He plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. He has played over 80 international matches and 45 IPL ties.
When it comes to Indian spinners, there are a number of legendary ones who have gone on to make a name for themselves. However, considering the young guns and rising stars, Kuldeep Yadav is one such name that can be reckoned.
The lad from Kanpur is famous for being a chinaman and has often troubled the batsmen with his unpredictable spin. He has mostly been influential in the longer formats.
Consequently, Kuldeep has gone on to script records in the international circuit at a very young age. As he celebrates his 26th birthday on Monday, we take a look at his international achievements, so far.
First Indian chinaman: Most of the spinners in the world tend to be right-armers, as the left-armers are known to be unique. Incidentally, Kuldeep is the first-ever left-arm spinner (chinaman) to represent India at the international stage.
Fastest to 100 wickets: Kuldeep has so far claimed 168 international wickets, including 105 in the One-Day Internationals (ODI). Unexpectedly, he holds the record for being the fastest spinner from the country to claim 100 wickets at the same stage, besides being the most rapid Indian spinner to do so in ODIs, having done the latter in 58 matches.
Best chinaman figures in ODIs: It was against England in an ODI when Kuldeep finished with figures of 6/25. Parenthetically, it is the best figures by any left-arm spinner, across the globe, in the format.
Second fifer for India: Kuldeep happens to have claimed a five-wicket haul across formats. Subordinately, he is the second Indian, after seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, to do so, while he is the first spinner from the nation to hold this unique record.
Youngest Indian with multiple hat-tricks: Kuldeep has to date two hat-tricks to his name, across formats. Accidentally, he happens to be the only and youngest Indian to possess multiple hat-tricks, at the age of 24.
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