I was literally crying for two days after Neymar left Barcelona, reveals Kuldeep Yadav
He is currently part of the ongoing five-match ODI series against Australia.
Updated - Mar 7, 2019 4:42 pm
Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has been an absolute revelation for Team India. He was marked for great success right from the time he hogged the limelight after taking a hat-trick in the 2014 Under-19 World Cup and so far he has totally justified the hype surrounding him. He has not looked back since making his debut in 2017 during the tour of Caribbean and is now one of the best spinners in the world.
Before his arrival, India were struggling in the spin department with finger spinners Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja failing to make an impact on unfriendly pitches. But things turned around quickly since Kuldeep arrived. He has already left his mark in South Africa, England, Australia and New Zealand in addition to delivering in India and is now gearing up for his biggest task till date – the World Cup.
In just 41 ODIs, he has picked up 82 wickets including a hat-trick and has forged a strong spin partnership with Yuzvendra Chahal. Well, behind Kuldeep’s sharp cricketing mind lies a special place for football. The India star is a die-hard fan of Brazil superstar Neymar and time and again he has showed it through his activities on social media.
In a recent candid interview, the left-arm spinner revealed just how big a fan he is. Kuldeep revealed how he found it tough to deal with Neymar’s decision to leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain. In August 2017, Neymar had moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record fee of £200m. He also stated that the incident has made him split his loyalty as he now supports both the clubs.
“It’s a very difficult question to ask”, Kuldeep Yadav told Sportskeeda. “Before, when Neymar was in Barcelona, I used to support them. Nowadays, I am supporting both PSG and Barcelona, because Barcelona is my team and Neymar is my player. So yes, I am supporting both. I want Neymar to be back in Barcelona again,” he added.
Cried for two days
He further recalled the two days he spent crying after seeing his favourite player leave his favourite club to move to Paris.
“You must have seen my Instagram post. I was literally crying for two days. I didn’t want him to go to PSG. Barcelona is my team, and I wanted him to stay at the club, and maybe create some more records with Lionel Messi,” the chinaman further added.
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4 years and 4 incredible and unforgettable seasons. I can't watch his recent post and not cry.it really hit my soul that this is the end of Barca for him disappointed but I will continue support him every step of the way and I wish him all the luck in the world in the future.go there and blast Ney🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻.#Repost @neymarjr (@get_repost) ・・・ Hermaniitooosss … wish you all the best, thank you for these years of much joy and learning. I'm a guy made for having played with you guys… one if the reason I came to Barcelona was you @leomessi Because I wanted to play with my idol and the biggest I've ever seen in football, I thank you for all the affection you had with me and all that I learned by looking at you close, there's no way… I'm your fan and forever I will admire you !! Gordoo @luissuarez9 Arrived bringing a huge joy and joining us even more,who would have thought 3 of sub America would work😂🤣 I learned a lot of things with you and the biggest of them was kick from first hahaha🤣🤣 Love you guys and I will miss you, mostly from basketball hahaha🤣😂and I also thank all my companion's that I've had these years.. I arrived a dreamy boy, wanting to learn from you and today I walk out a proud man to have had you by my side that time ! May you never lose the humility you have and be happy always! Along and the rest?… its History 🤙😜
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Kuldeep, meanwhile, is currently busy playing the ongoing five-match ODI series against Australia at home. Thereafter, he will play for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League before flying to England for the World Cup.