Delhi Capitals (DC) left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav has recently shared that he was extremely happy with his performance against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday. He also admitted that he wanted to make a mark in the match against Kolkata, having represented them in the IPL for many so many years, but KKR didn’t retain him ahead of the 2022 IPL.
Kuldeep was adjudged the Player of the Match after taking four for 35 as DC thumped KKR by 44 runs at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. While he was asked whether there was any specific reason behind it, Kuldeep said to his DC teammate Shardul Thakur during a conversation on IPLT20.COM: “I was part of KKR for eight years and learnt a lot from there. Want to thank KKR from the bottom of my heart. Obviously, when you have been part of a franchise for so many years, you want to make a mark against them. I have learnt a lot there and I am applying the same now. I am really happy with my performance (on Sunday).”
Kuldeep Yadav ended Kolkata captain Shreyas Iyer’s knock for 54 off 33, having him stumped with a googly as well. He then sent back Pat Cummins (four), Sunil Narine (four) and Umesh Yadav (0) in the 16th over of the innings as well. While talking about his impressive performances in IPL 2022 so far, Kuldeep has said that he hasn’t changed much technically about his bowling, but he is now high on confidence and rhythm.
He explained: “I haven’t changed a lot about my bowling, but I have got some rhythm going. I am enjoying the company of players like you (Thakur). There are a lot of youngsters in the team. The captain is also quite young and there is Axar (Patel) as well, with whom I have played quite a lot. The atmosphere and the vibes are very good. If you do well in the first match, you just want to carry on in the same vein. So, I just want to continue bowling the good line and lengths.”
Kuldeep Yadav has had a stunning IPL 2022 so far. He has claimed 10 wickets in four games at a strike rate of 9.40 and an economy of 7.40 as well.