IPL 2022: Yuzvendra Chahal has been like a big brother, I want him to win the Purple Cap, says Kuldeep Yadav

MUMBAI: Together, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are fondly called ‘KulCha’ in the Indian cricket circle. Both are good friends and have had a similar fate recently as they lost their respective places in the Indian white-ball team. But now ‘KulCha’ are back in form in IPL 2022.
The two wrist-spinners are the most successful bowlers of the season currently. Friends off the field, Yadav and Chahal are in a tight fight for the Purple Cap, currently being held by Rajasthan Royals’ Chahal, who has 18 wickets from eight matches.
On Thursday, Delhi Capitals’ Kuldeep moved up to the second spot in the bowlers’ list with a haul of 4/14 against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium. He now has 17 wickets at a strike rate of 10.47 as compared to 10.65 of Chahal.

Delhi beat Kolkata by four wickets.
After the match on Thursday, Kuldeep said there is no competition or rivalry with Chahal.
“He has encouraged me a lot. He has been like a big brother and stood by me during my bad times. In my heart, I want him to go and win the Purple Cap because he has been bowling exceptionally over the past four years,” said Kuldeep.
Kuldeep added that the period when he was struggling to get wickets has made him mentally strong.

“When you fail in life, you get to know where you went wrong. When you manage to figure that out, it makes you mentally strong and you are no longer afraid of failure.”
Kuldeep picked the wicket of Andre Russell as his favourite of the four he got on Thursday. He said that he set him up well and therefore it was very dear to him.