Like England fast bowler Jofra Archer, India’s Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav also says he has the ability to predict and that includes his second ODI hat-trick. Kuldeep is the only bowler in the country who has scored two hat-tricks in ODIs. He achieved the feat against the West Indies in 2017, two years after a hat-trick against Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders quoted Kuldeep saying that you will not believe but the day I took the second hat-trick, I told my mother that I would take a hat-trick.
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He said that many times what I said came true. I think that happens sometimes and when we were batting against the West Indies, I thought I would take a hat-trick. The spinner said that things happened the way I had planned. In addition to his fast bowling, Archer has also made headlines in recent years with his predictions. In reference to his first hat-trick, Kuldeep said that this veteran player helped him when he sought help from Mahendra Singh Dhoni on the third ball. Kuldeep said that I took the first wicket of Matthew Wade and dismissed Ashton Agar on the next ball. On the third ball I asked Mahi Bhai (Dhoni) that the ball had to be done. He said that you get confused when you have so many variations. He let me do what I thought was right but suggested that I bowl the wicket.
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The spinner said that I talked to Virat Bhai and asked if I can bowl from the other end. He said that (Yuzvendra) I can bowl from that end after Chahal’s spell ends. I achieved a very good rhythm and started to bowl with the right length. He said that I kept the slip and the lane fixed. Luckily I bowled a good ball that took the edge of the bat. Kuldeep said that taking a hat-trick at the Eden Gardens, that too in my first year in international cricket, is a big thing and it is one of the biggest moments of my life. Asked about expectations from the IPL starting in the UAE on September 19, Kuldeep said his team could win the title with the right combination. He said that I felt last year that we would win. Even in 2018 we were playing great cricket and I was sure that we would win the title.