Kuldeep Yadav, along with Yuzvendra Chahal terrorized the South African batsmen in the ODI series, as the duo picked 33 wickets in 6 ODI matches. Kuldeep picked 17 wickets in the series with a four wicket haul to boast of.
In an interview with the Jagaran, Kuldeep credited the two Indian legends, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni for his success.
Kuldeep said, "He (Kohli) really appreciated. Not only after the series but also during the series he praised me for my performance. He is very encouraging, engaging and promotes youth, which is very important. Besides, there's Mahi Bhai (MS Dhoni) in the team as well, who helps us a lot. Playing beside two legends really helps."
Kuldeep Yadav’s best bowling performance of 4/23 came in the third ODI and he ended up as the highest wicket taker in the ODI series. A thumb injury prevented him from playing in the T20I series.
Kuldeep said, "When I arrived there, the third test was going on. We won the third Test match. According to my opinion, this win would be one of the best wins of India. The way we played and fought in that match it helped us grow stronger. We have been playing such cricket for the last few years. This was the reason that we got energized in the ODI series and got heavier on the hosts."