Kuldeep Yadav, Indian left-arm leg-spinner, has claimed that just England fast bowler Jofra Archer, his predictions have also come true a lot of times in the past.
Kuldeep Yadav is the only Indian bowler to claim two hat-tricks in One-day International cricket. He claimed his first hat-trick against the Australians at Eden Gardens and repeated the feat in the last home season against the West Indies.
Kuldeep claims that he had told his mother before the game that he would take a hat-trick against the West Indies.
‘’For the second hat-trick, you might not believe me, but I had told my mom that day that I would take a hat-trick, ” Kuldeep Yadav was quoted as saying by PTI.
‘’A lot of times, what I said turned out true. I guess it was just a random moment when we were batting against the Windies that I just realized I would take a hat-trick. Things panned out just the way I had planned,” Kuldeep was quoted as saying by IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders,’’ he added.
“We were just one step away from entering the final”- Kuldeep Yadav on KKR’s chances in IPL 2020
Kuldeep also recalled his maiden hat-trick against Australia back in a 2017 ODI, revealing how MS Dhoni’s advice of keeping the ball at the stumps paved way for him to script history as he became the first Indian bowler since Chetan Sharma to take a hat-trick in 50-over cricket.
“I got my first wicket of Matthew Wade and then in the next ball I plucked Ashton Agar. For the third ball, I asked Mahi bhai what to bowl.
“When you have so many variations, you get confused. He just let me do whatever I felt was right but suggested that I kept it to the stumps,” Kuldeep said.
Kuldeep Yadav also went on to talk about Kokata Knight Riders chances in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League. The ‘Chinaman’ leg-spinner said that the team has performed well in the last editions and the only thing that they need to do is bridge the final barrier. He added that if KKR can get their team-combination right, then they can go all the way in the 2020 edition.
“I had a strong feeling last year that we would win. Even in 2018, we were playing great cricket and I was sure we would win the title,” said the Indian bowler. I remember the match we lost against Sunrisers Hyderabad (in qualifier 2). I was out of the ground because my spell was over. They were on 125 and I thought they would not go beyond 145. But Rashid Khan came into the middle and changed the game,” Kuldeep Yadav said.
“We were just one step away from entering the final. It was a heart-breaking moment when we lost the match. If we can strike a good combination, we can certainly win it this year.” he added.