Young spinning sensation Kuldeep Yadav has become one of the finds of the season as the chinaman has burst on to the international stage.
After a brilliant debut in test cricket, Yadav slowly made a name for himself in the limited overs format as well. Yadav was brilliant in the ODI setup as well as he and fellow spinner Chahal formed a superb partnership.
But things could have ended very early for Yadav when he was just 13 years old. He mentions how he even thought about suicide when he did not selected in the Uttar Pradesh Under-15 team.
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“I had worked hard for my selection, but when I was not picked, I mentioned suicide in frustration. It happens to everyone in the heat of the moment,” Kuldeep was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
“I was a meritorious student in school and wanted to play cricket just for fun. I never thought of making it my vocation. In fact, my father wanted me to play cricket and took me to the coach,” he added.
“I always wanted to become a seam bowler, but my coach forced me to become a spinner. When I bowled a few balls (Chinaman), I was asked to make it a habit. Otherwise, I didn’t know I was bowling something different,” he recalled.
Yadav also spoke about his first test match against Australia earlier this year.
“It was a pressure game. It was the series decider. I was bowling alongside Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. I felt at ease only after bagging four crucial wickets,” said the Kanpur player.