Kuldeep Yadav had time and again show his fondness for Australian spin legend Shane Warne. It was only a cherry on the cake for him as he could impress the Australian legend even before making his India debut. Kuldeep Yadav got the world talking, including Shane Warne, when he represented India in the U19 World Cup in UAE in 2014.
He will be next seen in action of KKR in the IPL 2020. Kuldeep said that he has troubled his coach a lot but even till now he looks at Shane Warne’s videos to correct his bowling action. The left-arm spinner has also proved out to be a vital cog for the national team and his IPL franchise.
“I have troubled my coach a lot but even now I correct my bowling looking at Warne’s videos,” Kuldeep said in the latest episode of Knights Unplugged for the KKR website.
“I watched him bowl in the 2005 Ashes series and from that day I wanted to become a bowler like him. He became my idol. I met him for the first time in Pune when we played a Test match against Australia. We spoke about a lot of things and when I went to Australia he helped me with a lot of tips. Ravi (Shastri) sir and Bharat Arun sir helped me understand what Warne was trying to convey to me. Every morning he came up with new ideas and helped me become stronger mentally and in terms of cricket skills. He is very close to me now and we chat on WhatsApp regularly,” Kuldeep had told Hindustan Times.
The left-arm orthodox spinner later got a chance to meet Shane Warne during a Test match in Pune. Recalling, the first meet Kuldeep Yadav said that Anil Kumble was the coach during that time as he could meet Shane Warne for 10 minutes. Kuldeep recalled being speechless as Anil Kumble and Shane Warne spoke to each other.
India’s lone chinaman Kuldeep Yadav made his Test debut in Dharamsala against Australia in 2017 under the watchful eyes of then head coach Anil Kumble. His first scalp came in form of Australia opener David Warner and went on to pick up four wickets on his Test debut — the most by an Indian bowler in the first essay.