25 wickets, hat-trick of five-wicket hauls: Siddarth Kaul swings back to recognition
Cutters, slower ones, knuckleballs, yorkers – Siddarth Kaul’s bowling revolved around them. They were the reason why he had two terrific IPLs – 16 wickets in 10 matches in 2017 and 21 wickets in 17 matches in 2018 – helping him break into the Indian side. But the same variations also took him away from his natural style of bowling, the one which was based on swing, line and length. When a few yorkers didn’t land perfectly, some cutters didn’t seem so deceptive anymore and the knuckles didn’t dish out the dream delivery, Kaul lost the zip in his bowling. An ordinary IPL in 2019 – 6 wickets in 7 matches – pushed him away from India colours. Kaul knew it was time to go back to the basics.