Not many Indian bowlers have got the kind of a debut like Kuldeep Yadav on Saturday. It was a dream come true for this 22-year-old Uttar Pradesh bowler as he got out four Australian batsmen and made team India wounding up the mighty, bullish Aussies for 300 in their first innings on Day 1 of the fourth and final Test at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association in Dharamsala. He gave away 68 runs in the 23 overs that he bowled which also included three maidens.
The young chinaman bowler revealed that legendary Shane Warne taught him to bowl the flipper that got him the maiden Test wicket of David Warner.
At the start of the Test series in Pune, India chief coach Anil Kumble took Kuldeep to Warne for a session and it paid dividends. Asked about the kind of tips he got from Warne, the 22-year-old's reply brought the house down.
Did you see the first wicket (that of Warner)? That was not a chinaman. It was a flipper which I learned from Shane Warne. So learning from Warne and then getting out his countryman is a nice feeling.Kuldeep Yadav
For Kuldeep, it was a dream come true to meet Warne and talk about the art of spin bowling.
My idol is Shane Warne and I have followed him since my childhood. I only watch his videos and it was a dream-come-true when I met him. I could not believe I was speaking to my idol and sharing my thoughts on bowling and what all I should be doing. I did exactly what he (Warne) told me to do. He has promised that he will have another session with me in near future.Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep was brilliant on the field but equally impressive was his spunky answers after the day's play. Questioned about how difficult it was to bowl to centurion Steve Smith, the answer had a lot conviction.