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Umesh Yadav Biography: The Premier Fast Bowler in the Indian Cricket Team

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It is often said India doesn’t produce fast bowlers. India has always had medium pacers but Umesh Yadav defies everything. ‘Vidarbha Express’ Umesh Yadav is India’s premier and genuine fast bowler.

Umesh is a regular in Test cricket for the Indian cricket team but is often on the sidelines in the limited overs format due to his high economy rate.

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Today, let’s learn about Umesh Yadav’s cricket journey.

Umesh Yadav Biography

Full Name
Umesh Kumar Tilak Yadav
32 years
Sport Category
Date of Birth
25 October 1987
Nagpur, Maharashtra
1.78 m
Tanya Wadhwa
Tilak Yadav and Late Kishori Devi
ODI Debut
28 May 2010 Vs Zimbabwe
Test Debut
6 November, 2011 vs West Indies
T 20 Debut
7 October 2012 Vs Sri Lanka

Early Days and Domestic Career

Born in Nagpur on 25 October 1987, Umesh Yadav had applied to join the army and the police force but he was unsuccessful in his attempts.

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He made his first-class debut for Vidarbha against Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy on 3 November 2008. In the four games that he played in the season, he picked up 20 wickets at an average of 14.60, with a best of 6/105.

The same year he got selected to represent the Central Zone for the Duleep Trophy. In 2008 when the money-spinning tournament, the Indian Premier League began he got picked up by the Delhi Daredevils. In the 6 games that he got chance, he picked up 6 wickets at an average of 30.66.

International Career

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Happy that my efforts helped India win the game. Always a pleasure to contribute for Team India’s win! #IndvWi

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Umesh Yadav was first picked up for the T20 World Cup in 2010 but didn’t get to play any game. He made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe later in the year. He went wicketless in the game giving away 48 runs.

After being dropped for many games, he was called back in the side against England in September 2011. He played 3 games in the five-match ODI series, claiming four wickets at an average of 38.25.

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Looking forward to the series decider in Trivandrum ✌?

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The fast bowler became the first player from Vidarbha who went on to play Test Cricket for India. He played against Australia down under in 2012. He played in all four Tests, taking 14 wickets at an average of 39.35. In the third Test at the bouncy WACA Ground in Perth, he took his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket, with figures of 5/93.

When Windies toured India in 2018, he picked up his second five-wicket haul, he took his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket, with his career-best figures of 6/88, in the first innings of the second test.

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Great team effort by the boys! Excited for the rest of the tour ?? #AusvInd

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In the second innings of Windies, he claimed another 4 wickets and took his maiden ten-wicket haul in Test cricket, with career-best match figures of 10/133. Yadav was named as the Player of the Match in that test.

Praises for the Cricketer, By the Cricketers

Australian great Glenn McGrath had praised the fast bowler.

He said, “He was quite impressive. He bowls at a good pace. He seems to have a great attitude and most importantly, he’s a wicket-taking bowler. Perhaps, the direction and control are not there quite yet, but it’s not far away. He’s got that raw talent, good pace and can generate good bounce. He’s got a lot going for him at the moment.”

Former Indian cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra was mighty impressed by his performance in the Border–Gavaskar Trophy in 2017.

He said, “It’s not often that you see an Indian seamer outpace and outbowl his Australian counterparts but the spell that sealed the deal for India in Dharamshala did just that. Umesh Yadav bowled with a lot of steam on the third-day pitch and dismissed both openers before half the lead was wiped out. There are certain spells in Test matches that leave an indelible mark on one’s memory and his spell in Dharamshala will go down as one of them.”

Indian Premier League


When the IPL began Umesh Yadav was picked up by the Delhi Daredevils. In 2014, he was bought by Shah Rukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders then led by Gautam Gambhir.

In 2018, he was bought by Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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It was always a pleasure playing with you and even against you. Wish you the best, @ABdeVilliers17.

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Also Read: Check out who can win Purple Cap in IPL 2019

Career Statistics


Bowling average33.4733.6324.3329.41
5 wicket haul213
10 Wicket Haul12



Favourite Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli

Favourite Bowler: Zaheer Khan, Glenn McGrath and Dale Steyn

Favourite Actor: Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan

Favourite Food: Saoji

Social Media

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Happy Women’s Day to the most special woman in my life, I’m lucky to have a responsible wife like you! #WomensDay

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Dazzling reward of sweet victory! जीत का अनमोल तोहफा|

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लक्ष्य तक मेहनत पहुंचाती हैं, इच्छा नही ??

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Fans always expect a lot from Umesh Yadav but he always falls short of their expectations, time and again. Hope he delivers in the upcoming years for the national side and shows what incredible potential he possesses.

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Gaurav Kadam
Gaurav Kadam
Gaurav Kadam is a young sportswriter and journalist who is a huge cricket enthusiast. He is a bibliophile and a movie and American TV series buff, who is completely addicted to Netflix. Gaurav is liberal in thoughts and agnostic in deeds.


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