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

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An Indian cricket player, Umesh Kumar Tilak Yadav, presently represents the Vidarbha cricket team, the Indian national team, Middlesex, and the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. He was an integral part of the squad that clinched victory in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. Displaying his skills as a right-arm fast bowler, Yadav has been an integral member of the Vidarbha squad since 2008 at the domestic level. Remarkably, he holds the distinction of being the first player from his team to have ventured into Test cricket.

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About Cricketer Umesh Yadav

Full nameUmeshkumar Tilak Yadav
Born25 May 1987 (age 36)
Place of BirthNagpur, Maharashtra, India
NicknameVidarbha Express, Paplu, Strongman
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
BowlingRight-arm fast
National sideIndia (2010–present)
Test debut (cap 272)6 November 2011 vs West Indies
Last Test7 June 2023 vs Australia
ODI debut (cap 184)28 May 2010 vs Zimbabwe
T20I debut (cap 42)7 August 2012 vs Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
2010–2013Delhi Daredevils
2014–2017Kolkata Knight Riders
2018–2020Royal Challengers Bangalore
2021Delhi Capitals
2022–presentKolkata Knight Riders
Career statisticsIndia, India A, Central Zone, India Blue, India Emerging Players, Kolkata Knight Riders, RCB, Vidarbha, Rest of India

Early Days and Domestic Career

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Born in Nagpur on 25 October 1987, Cricketer Umesh Yadav had applied to join the army and the police force but he was unsuccessful in his attempts. 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. He picked up 6 wickets at an average of 30.66, in 6 games.

In the opening semi-final of the 2018/19 Ranji Trophy against Kerala, U Yadav delivered a standout performance. During the first innings, he achieved his personal best with impressive figures of 7/48. In the subsequent innings, he continued his excellence by securing a 5/31, culminating in an exceptional match total of 12/79. These remarkable figures played a pivotal role in guiding Vidarbha to victory and securing their place in the Ranji Trophy final.

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International Career

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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.

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.

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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. 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.

During May 2021, U Yadav found his name included in India’s squad of 20 players for the highly anticipated World Test Championship final against New Zealand. Additionally, he was also selected for India’s four-match Test series against England, showcasing his significant presence in the team.

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.”

Cricketer Umesh Yadav Career Stats

  • Bowling
List A130128633660541865/265/2632.545.7334.0520
  • Batting & Fielding
List A1306127322309.4734194.42002815360

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Umesh Yadav in IPL

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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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Ahead of the 2021 IPL auction, U Yadav was let go by RCB and subsequently acquired by Delhi. In the following year, during the February 2022 auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League season, he was secured by the Kolkata Knight Riders. Notably, in 2022, he achieved the pinnacle of his IPL career by delivering an exceptional performance, claiming 4 wickets against Punjab Kings.

IPL Stats

  • IPL Bowling Stats of Umesh Yadav

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Umesh Yadav: Favorites

Favorite Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli

His Favorite Bowler: Zaheer Khan, Glenn McGrath and Dale Steyn

Favorite Actor: Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan

Favorite Food: Saoji

Umesh Yadav Wife

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April 16, 2013 marked a significant day as Umesh became engaged to Tanya Wadhwa, a fashion designer based in Delhi. Their matrimonial union took place on May 29, 2013. The couple has been blessed with two daughters, born in January 2021 and March 2023, respectively. Early in his life, Umesh faced familial challenges due to his brother’s acquittal in a robbery case. During his formative years, he relocated from Jharkhand to Nagpur.

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