Kuldeep Yadav is one of the few Indian cricketers who hasn’t got a game in the ongoing Test series against Australia. It is safe to say that he hasn’t been at his best for quiet a while now. Kuldeep Yadav is the current prominent representative of the art which is made famous by bowlers who are few and far between. The Uttar Pradesh-born bowler was being seen as the next big thing in India’s glorious spin department after the likes of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. However Kuldeep Yadav is just a pale shadow of his past self and hasn’t been able to deliver according to his standards. Is it safe to say that Kuldeep Yadav might just have to face a dead end? What’s next for Kuldeep Yadav?
He started off well meeting the expectations as well and is among the two Indian bowlers who have taken fifers in all three formats of the game. But the 25-year-old is now witnessing a prolonged slump in his career, making a number of experts and several followers feel anxious over his promise as a long-race horse. The man is yet to turn 26 and there are enough words that he is finished! The left-arm wrist-spinner had a disastrous run in the Indian Premier League (IPL) last year by ending up with only four wickets from nine outings for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) who bought him for INR 5.8 crores in the 2018 auction. He had a dismal IPL 2019 as well as a dismal 2020. Kuldeep could get to play only three T20I games in 2019 and so far in 2020 in all in which he has taken six wickets. He got frequently dropped for T20I games even at home as players like Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar and Washington Sundar came up through the ranks. KKR’s batting coach David Hussey thought otherwise though. ” “Kuldeep is a very confident player. He knows what he can and can’t do with the ball, he spins the ball both ways. He reads the game exceptionally well. I don’t think he will have any confidence issues throughout the tournament and I do say that without putting too much pressure on him. I think he would be a very good consistent performer for the Kolkata Knight Riders,” the former batsman had said thus during IPL 2020. Despite many Indian players getting injured during the Border-Gavasker Trophy this time around Kuldeep still can’t find a place in the team. Tamil Nadu’s Washington Sundar was selected over him in the fourth Test.
Agarkar feels left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav would be very disappointed after being omitted from India’s playing XI for the Brisbane Test despite having performed well in Australia in the previous tour. Kuldeep Yadav has ended the Australia tour with just one ODI and one practice game in Sydney after being overlooked by the management for the final Test. It would be interesting to see what more does he have to offer as India have a lot of options right now and if he has to make a statement, he will have to prove his worth in IPL as well as the International arena.