In Mumbai Indians camp, felt like junior but not with KKR: Kuldeep

Published: Friday, September 26, 2014, 15:59 [IST]
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New Delhi, Sep 26: Making his presence felt with a three-wicket haul in Kolkata Knight Riders' victory against Perth Scorchers, young left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav is not only enjoying being part of a star-studded unit but said that the Gautam Gambhir-led side is like family.

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"It's great to be part of the KKR squad. Nobody has 'airs' about themselves and are very down to earth. They never make me feel like a junior player. Everybody respects and supports each other and we all gel like a family. It's never like I am with the 'stars' or anything," Kuldeep told PTI in an interview.

Don't feel like junior in KKR: Kuldeep

The reigning IPL champions, who booked their semi-final spot after stretching their winning run to 12 games - a domestic record, relied on a blazing knock from Suryakumar Yadav (43 not out) and the spin duo of Sunil Narine (4/31) and Kuldeep (3/24) against Perth.

The former Mumbai Indians player said that cutting into the KKR XI was difficult but the effort was worth it.

"I always felt like a junior player in the Mumbai Indians camp. I was just 17 and things were very different then. In KKR everybody treats you the same. Of course I got my break in the XI a little late and that was understandable as KKR has got a lot of world class spin options like Sunil Narine, Yusuf Pathan and Shakib al Hasan. But I have learnt a lot just being part of the purple brigade," said Kuldeep.

Gambhir was all praise for Kuldeep's effort after the team won its thrid consecutive game from Group A and the 19-year-old player is also a great fan of his captain.

"Gauti bhai always motivates me during the nets. Even during a match he supports me. He is a very attacking captain and backs all the youngsters in the team and it feels nice when a senior players supports," said Kuldeep.

Born in Kanpur, Kuldeep surely wants to play for Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming Ranji season and make a mark there as well.

"After CLT20 my focus will be on Ranji Trophy. I have not got a chance to play for Uttar Pradesh as I just played a few T20s for the state team. But hopefully this year I will break into the team and perform well. I am in touch with Suresh bhai, who is a world class player himself. He messaged me on my debut. So I would love to play under him or anybody who leads the UP team," said Kuldeep.


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