Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav (Image Credit: Twitter)

The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League saw various Indian stars making a resurgence with consistent exhibitions.

While Hardik Pandya, who had been away from international action since last year’s T20 World Cup, made a splendid return as skipper to lead Gujarat Titans to the championship, a 36-year-old Dinesh Karthik advanced back to Team India with his exploits in the lower-middle order.

One of such players was Kuldeep Yadav, who got done with 21 wickets in the season in 14 matches – the fourth-most in the season.

Kuldeep Yadav. Photo-IPL
Kuldeep Yadav. Photo-IPL

Forgettable Last Few Seasons At KKR For Kuldeep Yadav

Kuldeep was picked by the Delhi Capitals for INR 2 crore in the mega auction before the season. The left-arm spinner had addressed the Kolkata Knight Riders for eight seasons prior to exchanging clubs this year; notwithstanding, his previous couple of years at the franchise had been disheartening, no doubt.

Kuldeep Yadav[photo: Twitter]
Kuldeep Yadav. [Photo: Twitter]
An absence of chances, combined with injury in the past season saw Kuldeep showing up just 14 times in his last three years at the Knight Riders.

A Place For Third Spinner Was Not There In The XI: Kuldeep Yadav

During an interview, Kuldeep at last opened up on what turned out badly at the franchise. 

“I played for them for eight years. It was a family. I saw many good days, and many bad days there. It’s not like the setup was bad. Baz had been a good coach. Sometimes, you don’t find a place in the team.

Sunil (Narine) has been the no.1 spinner for them over the years, then Varun (Chakravarthy) also had good performances. For me, a place for the third spinner wasn’t there in the XI. So, I didn’t get an opportunity,” Kuldeep told Sports Yaari. 

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav[photo: Twitter]
“As a player, you would always want to play. If you don’t get chances, you start doubting yourself. You start thinking, ‘what do I have to do? How will I get an opportunity? How will I perform?’ I didn’t have a problem but I wasn’t just fitting into their combination,” Kuldeep further said. 

In the 2022 season, Kuldeep played in all the matches for the Capitals and completed the season as their highest wicket-taker. 

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