Pankaj Yadav Biography
Pankaj Yadav is an Indian cricketer who plays for Jharkhand Cricket Team at domestic level.
Born in Ranchi, Yadav came into the limelight when he was added to the Indian squad for 2018 U19 Cricket World Cup.
Pankaj bowls right-arm leg-spin and like most other leg-spinners, he too reckons Shane Warne is his idol.
Pankaj’s father is a milkman who had initially forbade him to play cricket and asked him to concentrate on studies.
But after realizing Pankaj's affection for cricket, he let him pursue the cricketing career. It was 2011 when he started his professional training under Yukti Nath Jha.
Initially, Pankaj bowled medium pace but Jha recognized his talent and asked him to switch to bowling spin. According to him, Pankaj's physique wasn't suitable for fast bowling.
Pankaj made his debut in competitive cricket with Jharkhand's Under-14 team and was soon promoted to the Under-16 team on the basis of his impressive performance.
In 2016-17 Vijay Merchant Trophy, he stole the show by claiming 45 wickets in just 6 games. In a match against Bengal, he had taken 11 wickets for 102 runs in both innings.
Owing to his splendid performances in Vijay Merchant Trophy, he was included in the U-19 India Green squad to play the U19 Challenger Trophy.
He played two games in the tournament and claimed a 5-wicket haul in the second game. Overall, he took 6 wickets in both the games at an average of 15.