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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

Category Details
Full name Umeshkumar Tilak Yadav
Born 25 May 1987 (age 36)
Place of Birth Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Nickname Vidarbha Express, Paplu, Strongman
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm fast
Role Bowler
National side India (2010–present)
Test debut (cap 272) 6 November 2011 vs West Indies
Last Test 7 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
Years Team
2008–present Vidarbha
2010–2013 Delhi Daredevils
2014–2017 Kolkata Knight Riders
2018–2020 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2021 Delhi Capitals
2022–present Kolkata Knight Riders
2022 Middlesex
Career statistics India, 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
FORMAT Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Test 57 112 8979 5263 170 6/88 10/133 30.95 3.51 52.8 6 3 1
ODI 75 73 3558 3565 106 4/31 4/31 33.63 6.01 33.5 4 0 0
T20I 9 9 180 280 12 2/19 2/19 23.33 9.33 15.0 0 0 0
FC 112 205 18647 10234 347 7/48 12/79 29.49 3.29 53.7 12 15 2
List A 130 128 6336 6054 186 5/26 5/26 32.54 5.73 34.0 5 2 0
T20 180 178 3722 5132 178 5/18 5/18 28.83 8.27 20.9 3 1 0
  • Batting & Fielding
FORMAT Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Test 57 68 27 460 31 11.21 883 52.09 0 0 42 24 19 0
ODI 75 24 14 79 18* 7.90 134 58.95 0 0 8 1 22 0
T20I 9 2 1 22 20* 22.00 21 104.76 0 0 2 0 3 0
FC 112 133 51 1211 128* 14.76 1735 69.79 1 1 126 55 38 0
List A 130 61 27 322 30 9.47 341 94.42 0 0 28 15 36 0
T20 180 65 37 307 26 10.96 252 121.82 0 0 23 17 49 0

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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
YEAR MAT BALLS RUNS WKTS BBM AVE ECON SR 4W 5W
Career 141 2924 4086 136 4/23 30.04 8.38 21.50 3 0
2023 8 114 189 1 1/27 189.00 9.95 114.00 0 0
2022 12 288 339 16 4/23 21.19 7.06 18.00 1 0
2020 2 42 83 0 0/35 11.85 0 0
2019 11 227 371 8 3/36 46.37 9.80 28.37 0 0
2018 14 319 418 20 3/23 20.90 7.86 15.95 0 0
2017 14 291 410 17 4/33 24.11 8.45 17.11 1 0
2016 9 156 213 10 3/28 23.40 9.00 15.60 0 0
2015 12 252 382 10 3/33 38.20 9.09 25.20 0 0
2014 12 270 367 11 3/13 33.36 8.15 24.54 0 0
2013 16 347 508 16 4/24 31.75 8.78 21.68 1 0
2012 17 366 453 19 3/19 23.84 7.42 19.26 0 0
2011 7 108 169 2 2/29 84.50 9.38 54.00 0 0
2010 7 144 184 6 2/24 30.66 7.66 24.00 0 0

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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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