Know About India’s Fearsome Bowler- Umesh Yadav
Umesh Kumar Tilak Yadav, also popularly known as Umesh Yadav among all cricket enthusiasts, is one of the most fearsome pace bowlers of team India. Right now, he is ruling in the test format only for team India but he is in reserve for other formats also because of his records and performances in the past.
To date, Umesh Yadav has played 75 ODI matches, 52 test matches and 7 T20I matches for the Indian cricket team. He now also plays in IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise. Umesh played his first first-class match in 2008 at the age of 21 for the Vidarbha team. Within just 2 years he got selected for the T20I World Cup squad for team India. He played his first ODI match also in 2010 against the Zimbabwe team.
In the year 2011, he got his first chance of playing in the IPL for the Delhi Daredevils side(now Delhi Capitals). In the next year, he also got the chance of playing T20 format for team India against Sri Lanka at the age of 25.
To date, he is holding the record of taking the most wickets by any Indian seamer in the CWC 2015 and also in the Border Gavaskar Trophy that was held in the year 2012.
Umesh Yadav’s Career
He started his cricket career by bowling with a leather ball and this helped him to get a chance to play for the Vidarbha team in the 2007-08 Plate League of Ranji season. In the year 2008, he was selected for the first-class team of Vidarbha. In the first inning of his first first-class match against Madhya Pradesh, he took 4 wickets but he did not have to bowl in the second inning because Madhya Pradesh lost by an inning. In that season of 2008, he played a total of 4 matches and was able to take 20 wickets at an excellent average of 14.60.
After that, he was also selected for the Duleep Trophy where he bowled over 140 km/hr regularly with swings in both directions. This performance of him forces the team India selectors to watch him.
Just a month after the 2010 T20 world cup, Umesh got the chance to play in ODI’s against the host Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka in a tri-series. In that series India experimented with all young domestic players who performed quite well at the domestic level and lost shockingly against Zimbabwe, Umesh was one of them. In that series, he could only take 1 wicket from 3 matches.
In 2012, in Australia, he bowled a delivery over 150 plus km to be precise, 152.5 km in a tri-series. For a long period, it remains the fourth fastest ball by any Indian pacer.
In 2013, he returned to the Indian ODI squad for the Champion’s Trophy, where he performed quite well. In that series, he was able to take 18 wickets and became the highest wicket-taker for team India and 3rd highest in the entire series among all.
He was also selected in the 2017 Champion Trophy squad but was only able to play 2 matches due to the presence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah in the squad. In 2 matches he took 3 wickets.
There is nothing much to talk about his T20I career for team India because he only played 7 matches till 2022. He was included in the 2010 T20 World Cup squad but did not play a single match. In 2012 he first got his chance to play a T20 match against Sri Lanka in the blue jersey.
In 2011 he played his first test match against West Indies but failed to take a single wicket in the first inning. Though he helped India to win the match by taking 2 crucial wickets in the second innings of the match. Umesh ended that series by taking 9 wickets in total from 2 test matches and became the most successful bowler of that series.
India lost the 2011-12 Australia series by 4-0 but Umesh’s performance was quite good. In that series, he first took a 5-wicket haul in his career. His figure was 5/93 in the first and final innings. The series was a nightmare for many senior players of India, but Umesh was the stand-out performer taking 14 wickets in total. He was agile, accurate and swinging the ball in both directions. But unfortunately, he could not play that whole series because of a lower back injury.
Till the year 2022, he played 52 test matches for India and took 158 wickets in total at an average of 30.8. In his career to date, he took 10 wicket haul 1 time and 3 times 5 wicket hauls.
In 2011 he was bought by the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) from the auction and played 7 matches in that season. But his performance was quite mediocre as he took only 2 wickets by giving out 169 runs at an economy rate of 9 per over in every match. The 2012 season was good for him as he managed to play 17 games and took 19 wickets.
In 2014 he was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders from the IPL auction and he became a very important member of the squad. In the first season itself for the Kolkata side, he took 20 wickets and was retained by the team for the upcoming season also.
But after that, he was released by KKR due to the mega auction where he was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore from the mega auction. But his good performance for KKR worked and he retired to the team in the 2022 mega auction again and instantly he delivered his best to the team. But his lack of ability of bowling in the death overs remains a concern.
Umesh Yadav is quite a good pace bowler for team India. He brings swing and raw pace to the table. He is still a good option and he has a lot to offer that is left him in the upcoming days of his career. Hence, depending on latest news about cricket is vital to learn more about him very well.
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