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.
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.
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.
“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.