Umesh Yadav

Umesh Yadav

Umesh Yadav

INTL CAREER: 2010 - 2021

Full Name

Umeshkumar Tilak Yadav


October 25, 1987, Nagpur, Maharashtra


34y 43d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast

Playing Role



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.
Siddarth Ravindran

Career Averages

List A118116568254511645/265/2633.235.7534.6410
Batting & Fielding
List A11852252843010.5129795.62002415320
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Recent Matches - Player

India vs New Zealand0*0/7 & 0/1903-Dec-2021MumbaiTest # 2438
India vs New Zealand10*1/50 & 1/3425-Nov-2021KanpurTest # 2435
Vidarbha vs Meghalaya--1/1006-Nov-2021MulapaduT20
Vidarbha vs Nagaland--1/1905-Nov-2021MulapaduT20
Vidarbha vs Arunachal17*0/1604-Nov-2021MulapaduT20



Umesh Yadav struck in the first ball after lunch
Umesh Yadav trapped Kane Williamson lbw on the stroke of lunch
Umesh Yadav appeals unsuccessfully against Tom Latham
Umesh Yadav reacts during a training session
James Anderson signals for a review - in vain - as India's post-match celebrations begin
The India players go up in appeal around Umesh Yadav for the last wicket