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Kuldeep Yadav’s mother on Cloud Nine, says Eden Gardens hattrick ‘best gift’

Kuldeep Yadav became the third Indian bowler to take an ODI hattrick when he achieved the feat against Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Sep 22, 2017 18:43 IST
Sharad Deep
Sharad Deep
Hindustan Times, Kanpur
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Distribution of sweets in family after Kuldeep Yadav’s success in Kanpur on Friday.(Manoj Yadav/HT Photo)

In sheer frustration, Kuldeep Yadav’s mother Usha Devi quit watching the India-Australia ODI after seeing no success for her son in his initial overs on Thursday night.

Instead, she started worshipping goddess Durga as part of evening rituals on the first day of Navratra in the other room of her Kanpur home. But soon she heard Kuldeep scalping his maiden hat-trick. “It was quite frustrating for me watching Kuldeep get no success in his early overs, so I went to worship Durga Mata in the other room. The Goddess heard my voice and soon things began to change,” Usha Devi told HT.

“I didn’t see him (Kuldeep) taking all three wickets live. I saw it (replay) only after the family members started celebrating. I didn’t believe this initially, but soon I realised that it had really happened.

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“It’s all because of God’s grace and it was the biggest gift to my son and my family on Navratras,” she said before adding that the festive season arrived sooner for family and neighbours.

“Everyone was a bit disappointed after Kuldeep was hit for consecutive sixes in the first match at Chennai, and we were praying for his success. He (Kuldeep) is a brave cricketer and we are hoping he does well in future games too.”

Kuldeep’s father Ram Singh Yadav said, “I knew nothing about cricket earlier. But as soon as Kuldeep started getting success, it transformed my life too. Now I get recognised by people, and for any father such an appreciation is a matter of pride,” said Ram Singh.

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“I didn’t know what the meaning of a hat-trick was, and I came to know about it only after India won the match.”

Kuldeep, who became the third Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in ODIs after Chetan Sharma and Kapil Dev, got a hat-trick against Scotland in the Under-19 World Cup in 2014 in Dubai. “Ever since he made the senior India side, I was expecting a repeat of hat-trick, but not against a big team like Australia,” his coach Kapil Pandey told HT on Friday.

“His (Kuldeep) style of bowling always keeps batsmen guessing. Certainly he looked disappointed after being hit for three sixes in a row in the opening match. But I told him to concentrate on line and length,” said the coach before adding, “He (Kuldeep) never lets aggression show on his face. But he shows it in his performances.”

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Pandey admitted that change of end helped Kuldeep get success on Thursday night. “He (Kuldeep) himself confessed how important it was for him. The ball was slipping from his hand initially. I had told him to keep the batsmen chasing deliveries (outside the off-stump) and this trick paid him rich dividends.”

Even after getting his career’s second hat-trick, Kuldeep admitted he had never thought of achieving it. “Not really, but this is special for me. It was really a proud moment for me as it changed the fortunes,” Kuldeep said after the match.

First Published: Sep 22, 2017 18:39 IST