Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo: IPL)

Wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav won the Player of the Match award in the 41st match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 that was played between Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals (DC) and Shreyas Iyer-led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday, April 28.

Winning the toss and bowling first, the Delhi Capitals bowling unit did a very good job as they were able to restrict the Kolkata Knight Riders at 146/9. Nitish Rana top-scored for his side with 57 runs under his belt off 34 balls, including 3 fours and 4 sixes. Kuldeep Yadav was the best bowler for DC as he picked up 4 wickets in 3 overs for 14 runs.

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Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo: IPL)

Chasing the target, David Warner played good 42 runs knock while Axar Patel and Rovman Powell also played good knocks to help Delhi Capitals win the match by 4 wickets.

I am mentally strong than before – Kuldeep Yadav

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav (Image Credits: Twitter)

During the post-match presentation ceremony, Kuldeep Yadav, who is the second-highest wicket-taker in the Indian Premier League 2022 with 17 wickets under his belt, said that he is mentally strong than before. He also said that he is not scared of failing anymore. He asserted:

“I might have become a better bowler, but I am mentally strong than before. When you fail in like you pick what you can improve on and that is something I had to improve. I don’t get scared of failing now.”

Kuldeep Yadav said that Andre Russell’s dismissal was his favourite one of the match. He added that he is enjoying his run with the ball in the Indian Premier League 2022. He elaborated:

I liked Russell’s wicket as I set him up, it was my plan and when there were a couple of dots I knew he would step out. This is the best IPL season for me. I am enjoying my bowling. I don’t think what the batter will do and what if I get hit. My focus has been to bowl the right line and lengths.”

The left-arm wrist-spinner while talking about picking Shreyas Iyer’s wicket said:

“ I felt there was bat but thought the ball had touched the ground but when Rishabh went up then I was positive, it was an important wicket as Shreyas was batting well.”

Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav
Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav (Image Credit: Twitter)

While talking about his competition with purple cap holder Yuzvendra Chahal, who has 18 wickets in IPL 2022, Kuldeep Yadav said that there has never been any competition between them and was hopeful of Chahal ending the tournament as the highest wicket-taker of the Indian Premier League 2022. He said:

There has never been competition with him (Chahal). He’s like my big brother and has always backed me. He kept motivating me when I was injured and I hope he wins the Purple Cap.”

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