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 was presented with his Test cap by Laxman Sivaramakrishnan with then head coach Anil Kumble and all the senior players applauding the moment which is well documented by the cricket board in a video.
I was blank when I got my Test cap: Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav said he was blank before his Test debut and was thinking how to perform. It was also the biggest moment in his life. He also revealed Anil Kumbe had tasked him to pick up four wickets on his debut to which he obliged and said, ‘yes sir’.
“I was blank when I got my Test cap. I didn’t know what was happening and what others were speaking because it was the biggest moment of my life,” Kuldeep said while speaking with Mayank Agarwal and Yuzvendra Chahal on the series ‘Open Nets with Mayank’ hosted by bcci.tv.
“I remember (David) Warner was my first Test scalp and it was a huge moment in my life,” he added.
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.