India’s very own ‘chinaman’ spin-bowler Kuldeep Yadav made a dream Test debut for India in the Test series against Australia in 2017, for which he was named the Debutant of the Year. Coming into the 4th and last Test match, Kuldeep, who was 22 at that time, was coming off from a successful journey in the junior cricket circle. His skills baffled Australia’s cricketing veterans as he claimed 4 crucial wickets, helping India win the 4-match Test series 2-1, with one match ending as a draw.
Owing to his excellent bowling display, Kuldeep Yadav earned the Debutant of the Year award, as he clearly set the standards for Test debuts as high as he could. When the experienced Indian bowlers found themselves getting flopped by the Australia batsmen, Kuldeep Yadav came into the 4th Test, with the series tied 1-1.
The ‘chinaman’ bowler, Kuldeep Yadav, dismissed – David Warner (56), Peter Handscomb (8), Glenn Maxwell (8), and Pat Cummins (21) – to end up with figures 4/68, in 23 overs with an excellent economy rate of 2.96.
Debutant of the Year award is a motivation for Kuldeep Yadav
Speaking about the Debutant of the Year award, Kuldeep Yadav told ESPN Cricinfo,
“It means a lot. You know this kind of award really motivates me going forward. And hopefully I can continue what I’m doing since the last one year, and I hope I get more such awards in future.”
Best moment of the Test debut was dismissing David Warner
Kuldeep Yadav picked one of the most memorable moments from his dream Test debut, and said,
“Picking David Warner, as it was the first wicket of my career as a Test player. So, that is the best memory that I have.”
Batsmen from different nations have found it challenging, if not impossible, to read Kuldeep Yadav’s left-handed wrist-spin bowling, which has promoted the recent Team India debutant to one of the leading wrist-spinners in world cricket, apart from earning him the Debutant of the Year award.
Kuldeep Yadav’s performance in limited-overs cricket has been even more impressive, however. In 2017, Kuldeep picked up 22 wickets in 14 ODIs, as well as 12 wickets in 8 T20Is.