Sunday, 5 October 2014

Kanpur's 'chinaman' Yadav holds promise

LUCKNOW: Chinaman bowlers are rare. A chinaman bowler playing for India is rarer, but it's virtually impossible to find a chinaman bowler who represented his country before playing for his state team.

Kuldeep Yadav is the exception. Having impressed for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the CLT20, he now finds himself in the Indian team even before turning out for Uttar Pradesh at the senior level.

Kuldeep met with success playing for the Junior India team in the World Cup and also in under-19 'test' matches. He has been in the spotlight for over a year now and Kolkata Knight Riders promptly signed him up at the IPL auction earlier this year.

Though he did not get a chance in the IPL, he came into his own in the CLT20 in the company of Sunil Narine and state-mate Piyush Chawla. It was just a matter of time before he broke into the Indian team.

Having come in for wholesome praise from none other than Sunil Gavaskar, cricket followers in UP were expecting Yadav to be included in the squad for the ODI series against the West Indies. If he comes good during the ODIs, it may not be a surprise to see him in the Test squad.

The story of Yadav, the son of a brick kiln owner, is quite interesting. Initially, he wanted to become a lef-tarm fast bowler, following in the footsteps of his idol Wasim Akram, till he ran into coach Kapil Pandey in in Kanpur.

Pandey, on seeing his physique, advised him to become a spinner. And when the first ball he bowled was a chinaman, the coach told him to stick to the unusual style.

"When as a 13-year-old I went to an academy in Kanpur, my coach Kapil sir felt I should bowl spin since I didn't have the physique for a fast bowler. As fate would have it, I bowled a chinaman first up. Though, my coach was surprised, he encouraged me to stick to it," Kuldeep had told TOI after he was signed by KKR.

A chinaman bowler is essentially a left-arm leg-spinner. While orthodox left-arm spinners predominantly use their fingers, chinaman bowlers are wrist spinners and their stock ball turns from off to leg for a right-hand batsman. The wrong one of a chinaman goes from leg to off and if well concealed, it can be a big weapon. akram,Sunil Narine,Sunil Gavaskar,Kuldeep Yadav,India vs West Indies

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