At the fourth and final India vs. Australia test match being played in Dharamsala, team India got its first Chinaman bowler in Kuldeep Yadav. The 22-year old and the 288th test player for India did not stop at that and went on to deliver a stunning performance by picking up four wickets and helping restrict Australia to 300 on day 1. The four wickets he took in his test debut as team India’s first Chinaman were those of David Warner, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins.
Kuldeep Yadav has now joined the niche group of Chinaman bowlers in international cricket. The group includes the likes of Sri Lanka’s Lakshan Sandakan, South Africa’s Paul Adams and Tabraiz Shamsi, Australia’s Brad Hogg, England’s Johnny Wardle, and West Indies’ Ellis Achong and Sir Garfield Sobers. Speaking about his unique bowling style, Kuldeep said, “When I started my natural action was Chinaman and I had no clue that this is called Chinaman or there existed an art called Chinaman. It was a new thing but then I enhanced my skill further. It is difficult to bowl Chinaman. You need to work.”