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IPL 2022: Kuldeep Yadav Names His Choice For The Purple Cap Award

The renaissance is Kul-Cha is on the roll. Yuzvendra Chahal is the leading wicket-taker of the IPL 2022 so far, with 18 wickets, and is followed by Kuldeep Yadav who has taken 17 wickets. The leg-spinning duo who are not even the first-choice spinners in the Indian team now have announced their revival in some style.

From 2017 to the 2019 World Cup, Chahal and Kuldeep had been a dangerous pair for the Indian team, their trump cards then. But both lost form after that and were in and out with other all-rounders and spinners emerging. Fans are elated to see both the wrist-spinners doing well in the IPL which will help their return to the Indian team.

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Kuldeep, playing for Delhi Capitals now, said that he truly wants Chahal to win the Purple Cap, adding that the Rajasthan Royals leg-spinner is like his brother and had supported him immensely when he was injured.

“There has never been competition with him (Chahal). He has encouraged me a lot. He has been like a big brother and stood by me during my bad times. He used to talk to me constantly even when I was injured. I sincerely wish that he got the Purple Cap because he has been bowling exceptionally over the past three-four years. He deserves it,” Kuldeep Yadav said after bagging the Player of the Match award vs KKR on Thursday.

Kuldeep, in particular, has endured a really difficult time. After being dropped from the Indian team, he lost place in the Kolkata Knight Riders’ eleven – in IPL 2020, he picked one wicket in five games and then didn’t get to play a single match in IPL 2021 when mid-season he also suffered a knee injury that put him out of the game for months.

The chinaman has returned strongly this season, including taking 8 wickets in 2 matches versus KKR. He asserted that he’s become strong mentally after being down in the doldrums over the last couple of years.

“I might have become a better bowler, but I am mentally stronger than before. When you fail in life you pick what you can improve on and that is something I had to improve. I don’t get scared of failing now,” he added.

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Jatin Khandelwal

Hi, I am Jatin Khandelwal. Cricket writing came accidentally for me with an undergrad engineering degree. With opportunities first as a freelancer and then full-time, and experience with time, I have grown in the role. The Cricket Lounge is a place where I can thrive with the best of my abilities.

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