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Umesh Yadav

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Umesh Kumar Tilak Yadav (born 25 October 1987) is an Indian cricketer who currently plays for the Vidarbha cricket team, Indian national team, and Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. A right-arm fast bowler, Yadav has played for Vidarbha at the domestic level since 2008 and is the first player from the team to have played Test cricket. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Zimbabwe in May 2010. The following year, in November, Yadav made his Test debut against the West Indies.


Personal information
Full name Umesh kumar Tilak Yadav
Born 25 October 1987 (age 34)
Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Nickname Bablu, Strongman
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm fast
Role Bowler
International information
National side India (2010–present)
Test debut (cap 272) 6 November 2011 v West Indies
Last Test 11 January 2022 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 184) 28 May 2010 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 24 October 2018 v West Indies
ODI shirt no. 19
T20I debut (cap 42) 7 August 2012 v Sri Lanka
Last T20I 24 February 2019 v Australia
T20I shirt no. 19
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008–present Vidarbha
2010–2013 Delhi Daredevils
2014–2017 Kolkata Knight Riders
2018–2020 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2021 Delhi Capitals

Personal life and Domestic career

Before becoming a professional cricketer, Umesh Yadav unsuccessfully applied to join the army and the police force. Yadav tried to make a place in the college cricket team but was refused because he did not play for any club then in the year 2007 having previously only ever played tennis ball cricket, Yadav joined Vidarbha Gymkhana (club affiliated to VCA) and was established in 1969 by J.A. Karnewar and first time began bowling with a leather ball in Guzder League ‘A’ Division cricket tournament organized by Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA). Pritam Gandhe, Vidharbha’s Ranji trophy team captain, supported Yadav and ensured he represented Air India in a Twenty20 tournament. Of Yadav’s early career, Gandhe remarked: “He was raw and wayward. But he was really quick – too quick. I thought that if he lands at least three out of six balls in line with the stumps, he will trouble batsmen.”

On 3 November 2008, Umesh Yadav made his first-class debut for Vidarbha against Madhya Pradesh in the 2008–09 Ranji Trophy. His first wicket was that of Himalaya Sagar who was out-bowled; Yadav did not bowl in Madhya Pradesh’s second innings, but in the first claimed four wickets for 72 runs (4/75) as his team lost by ten wickets.

On 16 April 2013, Umesh got engaged to Delhi-based fashion designer Tanya Wadhwa, and they were married on 29 May 2013. Initially, Umesh had a troubled family life as his brother was acquitted in a robbery case. His father hails from Deoria, UP. In his early years, he moved from Jharkhand to Nagpur.

Indian Premier League

Umesh was signed by Delhi Daredevils in 2010 and played for the franchise for four seasons. He was the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the 2012 IPL with 19 wickets from 17 matches at an average of 23.84.

Ahead of the 2014 season, Umesh was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders. He played for the side for four seasons before being released ahead of the 2018 IPL auction during which he was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore. He took 20 wickets from 14 matches in 2018. In 2019 he took eight 8 wickets from 11 matches and in 2020 only played in two matches.

Umesh was released by RCB ahead of the 2021 IPL auction and was bought by Delhi.


International Career

In May 2010, Yadav was called into India’s squad for the World Twenty20 in place of the injured Praveen Kumar but did not go on to play in the tournament. Later that month, he was included in the squad to play a tri-nation ODI series in Zimbabwe against the hosts and Sri Lanka. India sent an under-strength squad with nine first-choice players either rested or injured. Yadav made his ODI debut in the tournament during India’s loss to Zimbabwe, a team ranked tenth by the ICC at the time. Defending a score of 285, Yadav bowled eight wicketless overs while conceding 48 runs. Playing in three matches, Yadav took a single wicket.

Yadav made his Test debut in the first match and opened the bowling alongside Ishant Sharma in the first innings, though failed to take a wicket. In the second innings, the spinners opened the bowling and Yadav took two wickets for 36 runs (2/36) to help India to a five-wicket victory. Yadav was the first cricketer to play for Vidarbha who went on the play Test cricket. India also won the second Test, and Yadav finished with nine wickets in the series, the most amongst India’s fast bowlers and less than half the total of either of the team’s spinners. In the five-match ODI series that followed, he managed six wickets at an average of 24.33 from three appearances.

In May 2021, Umesh was named in India’s 20 member Test squad for India’s World Test Championship final against New Zealand and for India’s 4 match Test series against England.


Bowling Style

Umesh is the fastest Indian bowler with his top speed being 152.5 km/h. Writing for ESPNcricinfo in January 2012,

Sidharth Monga commented that Yadav is fit, strong, quick, and gets the ball to swing late. More importantly, he attacks the stumps and doesn’t wait for edges. Eleven of his 21 Test wickets have been bowled. Another has been lbw. Five matches is a short career for a bigger statistical analysis, but it is worth mentioning that he takes a wicket every 39.2 balls. It is not at large odds with his overall first-class strike rate of 46.8. Attacking the stumps also leaves less control on the run flow, which shows in his economic rate of 4.24 in Tests.


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