Kuldeep Yadav, all of 19 years, has seen a lot happening his life. The Kanpur lad, who started off as a fast bowler, was one day asked by his coach to try that mysterious form made famous by the South African Paul Adams -- Chinaman (usually leg spins bowled by a left-arm spinner). After the initial toil, sweat, and even tears, Yadav finds himself to be one of the most talked-about young cricketers in the country today.
From Sunil Gavaskar to Sourav Ganguly to MS Dhoni, some of the sharpest brains in Indian cricket are seemingly excited with what the the young man can bring to the table. For someone, who has not even played Ranji Trophy yet, Yadav has come a long way after first appearing for Uttar Pradesh in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, a T20 tournament in March this year, where he finished with eight wickets from four matches. (Kuldeep Yadav can be Match-Winner in Tests: Gavaskar)
His biggest international achievement has been the hat-trick against Scotland in the U-19 World Cup in Dubai earlier this year. After going wicketless in the opening game against Pakistan, that was the boost Yadav needed and he finished the tournament with 14 wickets, joint second-highest on the list. Critics, who had raised their eyebrows, when Kolkata Knight Riders dished out USD 66,00 for him before the U1-9 World Cup, were silenced.