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Kuldeep Yadav, the confidence is back and how

Kuldeep Yadav regained his form and confidence in IPL 2022.

When the slide began

The career trajectory of Indian left arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav had been on the way down ever since the England batters trashed him and Yuzvendra Chahal in the 2019 ODI World Cup.

The England style of going for the kill coupled with the fact that they were playing on a ground where the boundary was very short on one side meant that both Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were rendered ineffective on a flat pitch.

From that point on, he hasn’t been able to shore up his confidence and the performances have also gone down.

Bursting on the scene

Kuldeep first captured the imagination of the Indian fans by picking up 17 wickets in IPL 2018. However, he took just 5 wickets from 14 games in IPL 2019 and 2020 combined.

His career hit rock bottom in IPL 2021 when he was not given a single game by Kolkata Knight Riders throughout the season as KKR went for the likes of Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy and even Harbhajan Singh featured in a couple of games.

The comeback

IPL 2022 was the second coming for Kuldeep Yadav who was picked by Delhi Capitals and head coach Ricky Ponting and captain Rishabh Pant showed a lot of faith in him even before the start of the season.

The team released both Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra and did not keep a backup option which could have created pressure on Kuldeep. The result was that Kuldeep finished the season as the fifth highest wicket taker in the competition with 21 scalps from 14 matches.

Kuldeep bowled at an average of 19.51 and an economy rate of 8.43. He did get some tap in a couple of matches but what was heartening to see was that the old Kuldeep was back who was not afraid of flighting and the ball and was looking for wickets rather than not getting hit.

Kuldeep also picked up two four wicket hauls with the best of 4/14 in the season and looks to be back in the thick of things as far as Team India selection is considered. Having put in the performances, all Kuldeep has to do now is to wait for this turn.

Saksham Mishra

Justifying hours of watching sports by scribbling down a few logical lines that might just about hold your interest. Was not talented enough to make it as a professional cricketer, so the next best logical option was to enroll in a Mass Communication course, and write about sports instead. Because, what else is there to write about in this world, right?
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