There has been no respite for left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, who has been having a horrendous time thus far in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Extremely uncharacteristic of the quality bowler, his figures have taken a terrible hit a lot of times this season.
Across 9 innings, Kuldeep has managed to pick up a meager 4 wickets, averaging a shambolic 71.5 at a strike rate of 49.5 and an exceedingly high economy rate of 8.66. The star pick of Kolkata Knight Riders has been a huge disappointment in IPL 12.
Moreover, Kuldeep has the worst average and strike rate among all the 46 bowlers (pace and spin combined) who have picked a minimum of 4 wickets in the tournament.
This is an alarming sign for the Indian management, especially that the ODI side heavily banks on Kuldeep’s wicket-taking ability to excel. With the World Cup right around the corner, this does not augur well for Virat Kohli’s India.