Umesh Yadav Bio

Umesh Kumar Tilak Yadav is a member of India’s formidable pace attack, which is currently dominating the Test arena. Currently, he is a back-up bowler who is waiting in the wings to seize chances.

Umesh Kumar Tilak Yadav is an Indian international cricketer who plays first-class cricket for the Vidarbha team in India. He is a right-arm fast-medium bowler from Nagpur, Maharashtra, who was born on October 25, 1987. He is the first player from Maharashtra’s Vidarbha district to play Test cricket for India.


In the 2015 Cricket World Cup, he took the most wickets for India.

In the 2012 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, he took the most wickets for India.


Domestic Career

His experience playing leather ball cricket secured him a place in the Vidarbha team to compete in the Ranji Trophy Plate League during the 2007-08 season. Yadav made his first-class debut for Vidarbha against Madhya Pradesh on November 3, 2008. He went on to take four wickets in the first innings but did not bowl in the second, resulting in a 10-wicket defeat.

The season, he played in four matches and took 20 wickets at an average of 14.60, with the best figures of 6/105. In his first season, Yadav was chosen to represent the Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy. The national selectors were drawn to his fast pace, which clocked in the mid-140s on a regular basis with significant swing even towards the seam direction.

IPL Career

The Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) paid $750,000 for Yadav in the 2011 Indian Premier League player auction. He only took two wickets in seven games, conceding 169 runs at an average of more than nine runs per over.

He finished the 2012 Indian Premier League as the tournament’s fourth-highest wicket-taker, with 19 wickets from 17 matches.

He was purchased for $419,355 in the 2014 Indian Premier League player auction by Kolkata Knight Riders, where he became a key member of their bowling team.

Umesh was released for the 2018 season after four successful seasons with KKR. Royal Challengers Bangalore pounced on the chance and paid INR 4.2 crore for him. He quickly repaid the management’s confidence in him by taking 20 wickets in his first season, and he was also re-signed for the following season. Bowling at the end of the game is always a flaw, because that is Umesh’s Achilles’ heel.

International Career

Yadav was named to the squad that played a tri-nation ODI series in Zimbabwe against the hosts and Sri Lanka a month after being named to the 2010 T20 World Cup squad. The bulk of the first team was either resting or injured, allowing nine young players to make an impression in domestic cricket.

One of them, Yadav, made his ODI debut in India’s stunning defeat to Zimbabwe. Yadav bowled eight wicketless overs while conceding 48 runs while defending a total of 285. Yadav only took one wicket in three games during the series.

He bowled at 152.5 kmph against Sri Lanka in Brisbane during the 2012 tri-series, which is still the fourth fastest ball bowled by an Indian behind Javagal Srinath, Ishant Sharma, and Varun Aaron.

Yadav made his comeback to international cricket in the 2013 Champions’ Trophy, where he performed fairly well. His bowling performances earned him a place in the quadrennial event in Australia and New Zealand. He ended the World Cup with 18 wickets, making him India’s leading wicket-taker and the tournament’s third-highest overall.

Umesh Yadav was also picked for the 2017 Champions Trophy, but due to the presence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah in the squad, he only got to play two games, taking three wickets.

He was called into India’s squad for the 2010 World Twenty20 in place of the injured Praveen Kumar after a series of outstanding results in the domestic circuit, but he was benched for the entire tournament. He finally made his T20I debut against Sri Lanka two years back.

When the West Indies toured India in November 2011, Yadav made his Test debut in the first match, opening the bowling in the first innings but failing to take a wicket. Yadav took two wickets for 36 runs in the second innings to support India to a five-wicket win. Yadav finished with nine wickets in the second Test, making him India’s most effective fast bowler in the series.

During India’s 2011–12 tour of Australia, which India lost 4-0, Yadav took his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket, with figures of 5/93 in Australia’s first and only innings at the WACA Ground in Perth.

Though India was thrashed by Australia during their 2012 tour to Australia, and many senior players were unable to perform, Umesh Yadav stood out. Yadav’s pace and seam movement helped him take 14 Australian wickets in four Tests, making him India’s leading wicket-taker on the tour. However, injuries struck shortly after, and Yadav was ruled out of both the second and third tests against England in December 2012 due to a lower back injury.

Due to a shortage of fast bowling choices, he was drafted by the selectors for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia in 2014/15. With 11 wickets in the last three Tests, Yadav has shown his ability and penetration. He was also a member of the winning 2018 India squad in Australia, but he only had a few opportunities to show his worth.


The son of a coal miner from Nagpur had a family to support and decided to seek a career as a police officer. Umesh Yadav, a boy, turned to cricket in a futile effort to make ends meet after many unsuccessful efforts in the police force and the army. Tanya Wadhwa is Umesh Yadav’s wife. Tanya is a professional fashion designer. They met at an IPL match, and she enjoys cricket.

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