TATA IPL 2022: “The way he motivated me, I loved every part of it,” Kuldeep Yadav hails head coach Ricky Ponting

So far, Kuldeep, the left-arm spinner has taken 13 wickets in seven games and has turned around games for his team in crucial situations.

Kuldeep Yadav of the Delhi Capitals praised his head coach Ricky Ponting for believing in him and giving him the confidence to succeed on the greatest of stages. Yadav has been one of the most remarkable pacer of the IPL 2022 season, from not getting enough opportunities with the KKR in the previous two editions to becoming one of the top wicket-takers with the Delhi Capitals this season.

Speaking on an episode of the Delhi Capitals podcast, Kuldeep said, “When you get the freedom, and the chance to express yourself, you enjoy things. I remember, it was my first practice session and I had a chat with Ricky. The way he motivated me, I loved every part of it. I was coming from a different team and hadn’t played IPL in the last 2 years”.


“Ricky told me ‘You are bowling well. I want you to play all 14 games. That is my approach. Don’t worry about anything. If you need something, we are here to help. When your coach backs you like this, it motivates you. He has confidence in you and hence your performance will surely come. When you start enjoying the company, you get a sense of happiness. When you are free mentally, the performances start coming out gradually,” Kuldeep further added.