Umesh Kumar Tilak Yadav is an Indian international cricketer who represents Vidarbha cricket team in domestic first-class cricket competition. Born on 25 October 1987, he is a right arm fast-medium bowler hailing from Nagpur, Maharashtra.
He is the first player from the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra to represent India in Test cricket.
Yadav had his eye set on to join the army and the police force which wasn’t successful. His experience of playing cricket with Leather ball earned him a place in the Vidarbha to represent them in the Plate League of the Ranji Trophy during the 2007-08 season.
On 3 November 2008, Yadav made his first-class debut for Vidarbha against Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy. He went on to claim 4 wickets in the first innings but didn’t bowl in the second innings as they lost the encounter by 10 wickets. He featured in 4 matches that season claiming 20 wickets with the best figures of 6/105.
Yadav was selected to represent the Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy in his first season.
After a string of impressive performance in the domestic circuit, he was called into India's squad for the 2010 World Twenty20 in place of the injured Praveen Kumar but was benched for the whole tournament.
Later that month, he was included in the squad that played a tri-nation ODI series in Zimbabwe against the hosts and Sri Lanka. The majority of the first team were either rested or injured which opened the door for nine young players who impressed in the domestic cricket.
Yadav being one amongst them made his ODI debut during India's shocking loss to Zimbabwe. Defending a score of 285, Yadav bowled eight wicketless overs while conceding 48 runs. Playing in three matches that series, Yadav took just a single wicket.
Yadav made his Test debut in the first match when West Indies toured in November 2011 and opened the bowling in the first innings, though failed to take a wicket.
In the second innings, Yadav took two wickets for 36 runs to help India to a five-wicket victory.
As India won the second Test, Yadav finished with nine wickets, being India's most successful fast bowler in the series.
Rise to Glory
In the player auction for the 2011 Indian Premier League, Delhi Daredevils bought Yadav for $750,000. However, he managed just two wickets from seven matches while conceding 169 runs at an average of over nine runs per over.
When India toured Australia in 2011–12, which India lost 4-0, during the third Test at the WACA Ground in Perth, Yadav took his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket, with figures of 5/93 in Australia's first and only innings.
At the 2012 Indian Premier League, he finished as the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the tournament, picking up 19 wickets from 17 matches.
Like most of the fast bowlers in the sport, Yadav too was prone to injuries. In December 2012, Yadav was ruled out of both the second and third test against England due to a lower back injury.
After failing to control the flow of runs in a series of matches, both Umesh and Ishant made way for medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and spinner Pawan Negi in three T20I series against Sri Lanka in February 2016.
Umesh also missed the first two fixtures of Kolkata Knight Riders due to injury in the 2017 edition of IPL.
Since the 2008-09 season, he is representing Vidarbha in the domestic tournaments.
He was brought in the player auction for the 2014 Indian Premier League by Kolkata Knight Riders for $419,355, where he went on to be one of the main players in their bowling unit.
Umesh's Record in Numbers
In the tri-series in Australia in 2012, he bowled at 152.5 kmph against Sri Lanka at Brisbane, which is still the fourth fastest ball bowled by an Indian behind Javagal Srinath, Ishant Sharma, and Varun Aaron.
In IPL 2015 his fastest ball is at 150.1km/h made him the third fastest bowler of the tournament.