Umesh Yadav

India
Age
October 25, 1987 (34 years)
Role
Bowler
Birth Place
Nagpur, Maharashtra
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
India
Bowling Style
Right-arm fast

Umesh Yadav (born 25 October 1987) is a fast bowler from India who currently appears for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL (Indian Premier League) and Vidarbha in domestic cricket. In fact, this right-arm pace bowler is the first cricketer from Vidarbha to play a Test. His ODI debut was in May 2010 against Zimbabwe.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
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Bowling
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Team played

India, Central Zone, India A, India B, India Blue, Indian Board Presidents XI, India Red, Rest of India, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals, Vidarbha, Indians

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
75
24
14
79
18*
7.9
134
58.96
0
0
8
1
T20I
7
1
0
2
2
2
4
50
0
0
0
0
Test
50
57
24
354
31
10.73
765
46.27
0
0
35
15
IPL
109
31
19
97
24*
8.08
103
94.17
0
0
8
3

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
75
73
3558
3565
106
4/31
6.01
33.63
33.57
4
0
0
T20I
7
7
150
219
9
2/19
8.76
24.33
16.67
0
0
0
Test
50
97
7802
4605
149
6/88
3.54
30.91
52.36
6
3
0
IPL
109
108
2271
3155
110
4/24
8.34
28.68
20.65
2
0
0

In November 2011, Umesh played his maiden Test against the Windies. He claimed the most wickets for India in the 2015 ODI World Cup. Umesh holds the record for the best scoring rate in a 10+ ball Test innings. In the 2018 IPL auction, Royal Challengers Bangalore bought him for Rs. 4.2 crore.

Biography

Umesh’s initial dream was to join the police force or army. However, his attempts were unsuccessful. In his childhood and early youth, he played only tennis ball cricket. In 2007, he started playing for Vidarbha Gymkhana with a standard leather ball. Umesh received support from Vidarbha’s Ranji captain, Pritam Gandhe, who helped the pace bowler play for Air India in a T20 tournament. Gandhe was impressed with Umesh’s high pace and tried to make him bowl more accurately to use his speed to the fullest.

In November 2008, Yadav played his first Ranji Trophy match for Vidarbha against Madhya Pradesh. His maiden wicket was Himalaya Sagar who was castled. Umesh grabbed 4/72 in the first essay but his side still lost by 10 wickets. In his first Ranji season, Umesh claimed 20 scalps at 14.60 average with 6/105 being his best figures. He played his first one-day match in the 2008 – 2009 season as well.

Umesh’s good performance for Vidarbha earned him a spot in the Central Zone squad for the Duleep Trophy. The IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils bought him for $30,000 in 2008. In his maiden IPL season in 2010, Umesh snared 6 scalps in six games at a 30.66 average. He used the money gained from his participation in the IPL to extend his family home.

Umesh was selected for the 2013 Champions Trophy and played a big role in helping India claim the title. However, his poor performance in the ODI series against Australia in 2013 led to his axing. He was chosen in the ODI team for the South African tour next but was dropped after rather unimpressive showings. However, Umesh found a place in the Test team. In January 2019, during the 2018 – 2019 Ranji semifinal, Umesh grabbed 7/48 and 5/31 to return a match haul of 12/79 to help Vidarbha reach the final.

International Career

Umesh was selected in India’s ODI team for the 2010 tri-nation series in Zimbabwe with Sri Lanka being the third team. The Indian team left out nine regulars who were either injured or rested. On his ODI debut, Umesh grabbed 0/48 in eight overs against Zimbabwe as India lost the match. In three games of the series, Umesh claimed only one wicket.

After this tournament, Umesh was rested from the main Indian team. He bowled in the nets on India’s tour of Sri Lanka to obtain experience in bowling to Test players. Umesh did not play an international match until October 2011.

In the 2011 IPL auction, Delhi Daredevils got Umesh for $750,000. However, that year, he could claim just two scalps in seven games and conceded 169 runs at a rate of more than 9 an over. Umesh took part in three matches in the ODI series versus England and claimed four scalps at 38.25 average.

Umesh was then selected in the Indian Test squad for the home series against the Windies held in November 2011. He and Varun Aaron replaced Praveen Kumar and Sreesanth in the Test team. On his Test debut, Ishant did not get any wicket in the first innings but grabbed 2/36 in the second essay to help India win by five wickets.

India won the second Test also and Yadav claimed nine scalps in two matches, the highest by an Indian fast bowler. In the ensuing 5-game ODI series, he snared six scalps in three appearances at 24.33 average.

Yadav next went to Australia in 2011 – 2012 and took part in all four Tests, claiming 14 wickets at 39.35 average but India lost 0-4. At the WACA in Perth during the third match, Umesh grabbed his first five-for in Tests, claiming 5/93 in the first essay. Next, Umesh played in the tri-nation ODI tournament with Sri Lanka and Australia. He snared 5 scalps in 6 games at a 59.80 average. In the 2012 IPL edition, Umesh claimed the fourth-best wicket tally of 19 scalps in 17 matches at a 23.84 average.

During the second Test played against the Windies in 2018 at Hyderabad, Umesh claimed his second test five-for with 6/88 in the Windies’ first innings. He grabbed 4 more wickets in the second essay to return match numbers of 10/133 and was awarded the Man of the Match.

Bowling Style

Umesh’s top speed has been recorded at 152.5 kph which makes him one of the fastest Indian bowlers. He is quick, strong and fit and can swing the ball late. He consistently attacks the wickets and doesn’t depend on edges. However, this line makes him a slightly expensive bowler. Legendary Australian pace bowler Glenn McGrath said Umesh had impressed him with his good pace, great attitude and ability to take wickets. With a little more improvement in control and direction, Umesh could become even more lethal.

McGrath believes that Umesh can produce good bounce and has raw talent. During the 2015 IPL, Umesh’s fastest ball was delivered at the speed of 150.1 kph which made him the season’s third-quickest bowler. Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra also had good words to say about Umesh. The feisty pacer even outbowled and outpaced the Australian quicks. Chopra said Umesh’s spell in the Dharamshala Test against Australia had been memorable and showcased his immense talent and abilities.

IPL Career Stats

In the IPL, Umesh Yadav played for Delhi Daredevils from 2009 to 2013, for Kolkata Knight Riders from 2014 to 2017 and for Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2018 to the present day. As of September 2020, Umesh has played 119 IPL matches, claiming 119 wickets an average of 29.37, an economy rate of 8.45, and a strike rate of 20.84 with 2 four-fours. His best IPL figures are 4/24.

ODI Career Stats

Umesh has featured in 75 ODIs so far, grabbing 106 wickets at an average of 33.63, an economy rate of 6.01 and a strike rate of 33.5 with 4 four-fors. His best ODI figures are 4/31.

T20I Career Stats

Umesh has starred in 7 T20Is, snaring 9 scalps at an average of 24.33, an economy rate of 8.76 and a strike rate of 16.6. His best T20I figures are 2/19.

Test Career Stats

Umesh has appeared in 46 Tests, taking 144 wickets at an average of 30.47, an economy rate of 3.56 and a strike rate of 51.2 with 3 five-fors and one 10-wicket match haul. His best figures in a Test innings are 6/88.

First-Class Stats

Umesh has played 93 first-class matches in which he has grabbed 304 wickets at an average of 28.84 and a strike rate of 51.8 with 15 five-fors and two 10-wicket match hauls. His best figures in a first-class innings are 7/48.

List A Stats

Umesh has featured in 118 List A games, snaring 164 scalps at an average of 33.23, an economy rate of 5.75, and a strike rate of 34.6 with one five-for. His best figures in a List A match are 5/26.

T20 Stats

Umesh has starred in 146 T20 matches, claiming 148 wickets at an average of 28.34, an economy rate of 8.31 and a strike rate of 20.4 with one five-for. His best figures in a T20 game are 5/18.

Family

Umesh Yadav’s father Tilak was a coal miner and his mother is the late Kishori Devi. He has two brothers and one sister. Umesh is married to Tanya Wadhwa, a fashion designer. The couple had been dating for three years and got married in May 2013. Umesh’s family has faced some trouble as his brother got entangled in a robbery case. The family moved to Nagpur from Jharkhand and Umesh began playing for Vidarbha.

Interesting Facts about Umesh Yadav

  • Umesh’s father Tilak did not want his sons to be involved in coal mining and wished to give them the best in life. Tilak hoped Umesh would get a commerce degree but the latter studied only until class 12 and started predominantly focusing his cricketing career after that.
  • He missed his chance of joining the police by two points he couldn’t make during an exam. The police force’s loss has become the Indian cricket team’s gain.
  • In the early days of his career, Umesh excelled in tennis ball cricket and even received the Player of the Series award in a tournament for which he got a cash prize of about Rs. 10,000.
  • He impressed a talent scout from the Vidarbha Cricket Association by bowling well in a T20 match, delivering plenty of yorkers and castling a couple of batsmen.
  • Umesh can throw his bat around to score quick runs. He proved his batting skills in the first ODI against the Windies in November 2011 at Cuttack. Chasing 212 for victory, India lost 9 wickets for 201 with only tail-enders Umesh and Varun Aaron left. They both held their nerves and Yadav showed his cool temperament by scoring 6 not out to guide India home in the tense final.

Last International Match

Umesh’s last international game played before the COVID-19 pandemic was a Test match against New Zealand held at Christchurch in February – March 2020.

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