Umesh Yadav, also known as Umesh Kumar Tilak Yadav is an Indian cricketer who plays for the Vidarbha cricket team, the Indian national team, and Kolkata Knight Riders within the IPL. The right-arm fast bowler 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 international debut against Zimbabwe in May 2010.
In November, Umesh Yadav made his Test debut against the West Indies in the subsequent year. He was the best wicket-taker for India and the third-highest overall within the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. He holds the record of the best strike rate in an innings in Test cricket after getting 31 runs in 10 balls at a rate of 310.
Umesh Yadav joined Delhi Daredevils in 2010 and played for the franchise for four seasons. He was the fourth-highest wicket-taker within the 2012 IPL, with 19 wickets from 17 matches at an average of 23.84.
Before the 2014 season, Umesh joined the Kolkata Knight Riders. He played for the squad for four seasons before being released before the 2018 IPL auction. Later Umesh Yadav joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He took 20 wickets from 14 games in 2018 with RCB. In 2019 he took eight wickets from 11 games, and in 2020 only played in two matches.
Umesh was released by RCB before the 2021 IPL auction and joined Delhi. In February 2022, he is part of the Kolkata Knight Riders for the 2022 Indian Premier League tournament.
In May 2010, Yadav joined India’s squad for the planet Twenty20 in situ of the injured Praveen Kumar but didn’t continue to play within the tournament. Later in the same month, he was within the squad to play a series in Zimbabwe against them and Sri Lanka. During India’s loss to Zimbabwe, Yadav made his ODI debut within the tournament. A team ranked tenth by the ICC. Defending a score of 285, Umesh bowled eight overs without taking wickets while conceding 48 runs. Playing in three matches, Yadav took one wicket.
After the tri-series, Yadav returned to the fringes of the team. He became a practice bowler when India toured Sri Lanka in July to realize the experience of bowling to check batters. He would need to wait until October 2011 before his next international match. Yadav dropped out of the squad after the South Africa tour.
Yadav returned to the national squad in September 2011 for a five-match ODI series against England. An injury to his left meant Yadav missed the last two ODIs. sometimes expensive though regularly fast, he managed four wickets at a mean of 38.25 from three matches
Umesh Yadav was selected together by India’s pace bowlers for their tour of Australia in 2011–12. He played four Tests altogether, taking 14 wickets at an average of 39.35 as India lost the series 4–0. In the third Test at the WACA, Umesh took a five-wicket haul in Test cricket, with figures of 5/93 in Australia’s only innings. Furthermore, in the triangular ODI with Australia and Sri Lanka, Yadav managed five wickets from 6 matches at an average of 59.80.
In May 2013, Umesh Yadav joined India’s 15 member squad for the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. He did not have an excellent tournament as he had picked up just four wickets from all the five matches he played within the game.
In December 2014, Umesh joined India’s 20 member squad for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. He was India’s highest wicket-taker within the tournament with 18 wickets from 8 matches and the third-highest wicket-taker.
In May 2021, Umesh joined India’s 20 member Test squad for India’s World Test Championship final against New Zealand. Furthermore, he joined India’s four-match Test series against England.
Haul Against West Indies
Umesh Yadav clean bowled Shannon Gabriel to limit West Indies to 127 within the second innings of the Test at The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The wicket of Gabriel was Yadav’s fourth innings, and he also picked up six wickets within the first innings.
The match figures of 10/133 aren’t only Umesh Yadav’s best bowling performance in Test cricket. This exceeded the seven-wicket haul against West Indies in 2011. He’s now only the third Indian pacer to possess picked ten wickets during a game.
Only Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath have picked up ten wickets during a match for India during a Test reception. Kapil picked up his two 10-wicket hauls against Pakistan in 1980 in Chennai. Moreover, he did it against West Indies in 1983 in Ahmedabad, while Srinath picked up 13 wickets against Pakistan in 1999.
This is also the primary instance of an Indian bowler learning a 10-wicket haul in 2018.
The Vidarbha fast man now has the fifth-best bowling figures for any Indian bowler against West Indies. Only Narendra Hirwani, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Pragyan Ojha, and Ishan Sharma are before him.