Kuldeep Yadav has drawn inspiration from Shane Warne and 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.
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.
“I met Shane Warne during a Test match in Pune. When I met him for the first time, Anil Kumble was our coach and I had told him I want to meet Shane Warne. When I finally did, I couldn’t say anything for 10 minutes. He was talking with Anil bhai, explaining him something.
I was just listening to both of them. Then finally, I started to talk. We talked a lot. I told him about my plans, about how I feel while bowling, how I try to bowl from different sides of the wicket. He told me ‘You think a lot,” Kuldeep told TV presenter Madonna Tixeira on her Instagram show ‘Live Connect.’
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.
Kuldeep Yadav picked up the wickets of Warner, Peter Handscomb, Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell on his Test debut. He, however, failed to fulfill the task given to him by the head coach. Yadav has established himself as a regular in the national team. He along with Yuzvendra Chahal have bowled in tandem to help India clinch clinical victories in quite a few matches.