Full name Umeshkumar Tilak Yadav
Born October 25, 1987, Nagpur, Maharashtra
Current age 30 years 148 days
Major teams India, Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders, Vidarbha
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||India v West Indies at Delhi, Nov 6-9, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v Sri Lanka at Nagpur, Nov 24-27, 2017 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v India at Bulawayo, May 28, 2010 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Australia at Bengaluru, Sep 28, 2017 scorecard|
|Only T20I||Sri Lanka v India at Pallekele, Aug 7, 2012 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Madhya Pradesh v Vidarbha at Indore, Nov 3-5, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Rest of India v Vidarbha at Nagpur, Mar 14-18, 2018 scorecard|
|List A debut||Vidarbha v Rajasthan at Indore, Feb 15, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||India B v Karnataka at Dharamsala, Mar 8, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Madhya Pradesh v Vidarbha at Indore, Oct 21, 2009 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders at Bengaluru, May 19, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2/72||Vidarbha||v Rest of Ind||Nagpur||14 Mar 2018||FC|
|2/48||India B||v Karnataka||Dharamsala||8 Mar 2018||LA|
|1/58, 13||India B||v Karnataka||Dharamsala||5 Mar 2018||LA|
|2/28||India B||v India A||Dharamsala||4 Mar 2018||LA|
|0/61, 15||Vidarbha||v Chhattisgarh||Hyderabad (Deccan)||11 Feb 2018||LA|
|6, 1/30||Vidarbha||v Services||Secunderabad||9 Feb 2018||LA|
|1/19||Vidarbha||v Hyderabad||Hyderabad (Deccan)||8 Feb 2018||LA|
|0, 2/30||Vidarbha||v J + K||Secunderabad||6 Feb 2018||LA|
|0, 2/69||Vidarbha||v Jharkhand||Secunderabad||5 Feb 2018||LA|
|0, 4/73, 13, 1/65||Vidarbha||v Karnataka||Kolkata||17 Dec 2017||FC|
Less than two seasons after fast bowler Umesh Yadav first played with a leather ball, he was bowling against the likes of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in the Duleep Trophy. What makes his ascent even more remarkable is that he represents unglamorous Vidarbha in the Plate League of the Ranji Trophy. Yadav is the son of a coal-mine worker and was aiming to become a policeman. He only started considering a career in cricket as a 19-year-old, an age by which the best young Indian cricketers are in the running for a national cap.
As a fast bowler, he has many skills: he regularly bowls at over 140kph, moves the ball both ways, and has a pretty effective bouncer. These qualities helped him take 20 wickets at 14.60 in four games for Vidarbha in his debut season in 2008-09. While he made waves in the domestic scene, Umesh really caught the eye during IPL 2010, where he impressed a much wider audience with his pace for Delhi Daredevils. He finally broke into the big league, when he was flown to the West Indies as a replacement for the injured Praveen Kumar during the World Twenty20 tournament in May 2010, and earned his first call-up to the India Test team for the tour of South Africa in November the same year. He made the Test playing XI for the first time against West Indies in Delhi in November 2011, and picked up nine wickets in his first two Tests, which in turn earned him a place for the Australia tour.
On that tour, a disastrous one for India, Umesh was one of few positives for the side, outbowling his more experienced team-mates to finish with 14 wickets from four Tests and a strike rate of 50.50. More than his figures though, it was his speed and aggression that stood out. However, 2012 was an injury-prone year for him: he picked up a shin injury in Australia, before being ruled out one Test into the England series at the end of the year with back trouble. He returned to international cricket in June 2013 at the Champions Trophy in England, and a fast-bowler starved India would have heaved a collective sigh of relief to notice he had not lost his ability to bowl quick.
After continuing in the ODI circuit, both home and abroad, Umesh was picked for the Australia Tests in 2014 and he followed that up by becoming one of India's frontline bowlers at the 2015 World Cup, finishing as the third-highest wicket-taker with 18 wickets at an average of 17.83.