Contemplated suicide after non-selection, says Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav, India's rising chinaman bowler, revealed that as a 13-year-old he thought of quitting cricket and committing suicide when he was not picked up for the Uttar Pradesh U-15 team. He said, "I had worked hard for my selection, but when I was not picked, I mentioned suicide in frustration. It happens to everybody in the heat of the moment."
Kuldeep Yadav, player profile
Kuldeep Yadav wanted to become a fast bowler but was made to switch to spin bowling by his coach at the Kanpur Cricket Academy. The 22-year-old, who initially idolized Wasim Akram, made Shane Warne his role model. He has been a part of 2 Tests, 12 ODIs, and 5 T20Is picking up 9, 19, and 6 wickets in the respective formats.
After an impactful U-19 World Cup 2014 where he was India's leading wicket taker, and later on a good IPL season with Kolkata Knight Riders in 2016, Kuldeep made his Test debut against Australia in 2017. Playing at Dharamsala, Kuldeep picked up 4 wickets in his maiden Test. Soon he got a call for his first ODI against West Indies in June 2017.
Kuldeep the only third Indian to take an ODI hat-trick
Earlier this year Kuldeep, while playing 2nd ODI against Australia, became the only third Indian player to pick up a hat-trick in ODIs, after Chetan Sharma, and Kapil Dev. He scalped the wickets of Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, and Pat Cummins, to achieve this feat.