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13 Nov 2017

Contemplated suicide after non-selection, says Kuldeep Yadav

Kuldeep Yadav's struggle with dejection in early life

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."

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Kuldeep Yadav's struggle with dejection in early life
Kuldeep Yadav, player profile

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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.

Dharamsala Test

Debut match

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.

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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.

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