“He assisted me as a leader and taught me everything” – Kuldeep Yadav on Gautam Gambhir
Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has discussed former skipper Gautam Gambhir’s function in his development during his early days with the franchise.
Kuldeep Yadav was a part of the Mumbai Indians squad in the 2012 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) however could not get any possibilities.
Following an outstanding efficiency in the 2014 U-19 World Cup where he chose up a hat-trick, Yadav was purchased by KKR in that year’s IPL auction.
Speaking in a video on KKR’s main Facebook page, Kuldeep Yadav explained what he gained from different skilled gamers in the KKR squad, particularly the then captain Gautam Gambhir.
“I was a senior gamer during the 2014 U19 World Cup and performances took place precisely according to expectations. From there I was picked for KKR and life altered drastically. I got plenty of time in KKR. There were a lot of senior players, particularly Gautam Gambhir,” Kuldeep Yadav stated.
Kuldeep Yadav stated that Gambhir mentored him remarkably when the spinner came into the KKR side as an unskilled child.
“I always keep thanking him. He guided me as a leader and taught me whatever. Even prior to I will play in the Champions League, he recommended me what to bowl, how to refine my skills and become a positive player,” he even more included.
When Kuldeep Yadav came to KKR, the side was already loaded with world-class spinners like Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Shakib-al-Hasan, etc
. Therefore, it was natural that the child would warm the bench for the entire 2014 IPL season.
“In my first season with KKR, I was a child and our team was packed with the similarity Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla and we had a few more good spinners in our team,” Kuldeep Yadav kept in mind.
However, the young spinner wasn’t disheartened by the absence of game time. He realized that it was the correct time for him to improve as a bowler by gaining from these developed stars.
He also believes KKR groomed him well when he was a newbie which has actually really helped him in his profession so far.
“I constantly felt that it was a great time for me to learn and improve. I was coming out of my U-19 days. As KKR have always backed children, they took great care of me. So that very first season would always be essential for me,” he even more added.
Kuldeep Yadav has actually just played 14 matches in the last 2 IPL seasons and has gotten a simple 5 wickets. However, the KKR franchise have shown faith in him by maintaining him ahead of IPL 2021.
The 26-year-old will be keen to make a mark for his group this season and show why he is such a quality bowler.