In a short span, Kuldeep, a chinaman bowler, has tasted success early in his international career including becoming the third ever Indian bowler to claim an ODI hat-trick. He made his international debut in March this year, against Australia in Dharamsala Test, making an immediate impression. Since then, he has been a part of two Tests (9 wickets), 12 ODIs (19 wickets) and 5 T20Is (6 wickets).
The extent of the impact he has made can be gauged from the fact that the likes of experienced spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are finding it difficult to cement a regular spot in limited-overs cricket.
The 22-year-old said that it was his father who coaxed him into taking cricket seriously. “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 was quoted as saying.