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September 29, 2017 Umesh Yadav News
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Yadav picked up four wickets for India despite the team losing to Australia in the fourth ODI on Friday.
The Indian pace bowler made his best efforts to continue the winning streak for India but was unable to take down the Australian side by himself. Yadav took four wickets in total, including Aaron Finch on 94 and Australian captain Steve Smith for three. He finished with expensive yet rewarding figures of four for 71 from his 10 overs.
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Fantasy AnalysisYadav and Mohammed Shami were both recalled to the side, along with keeping Bhuvi Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, in favor of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who have seen a heavy workload and will get their second series in-a-row off. In 68 ODI innings, Yadav has three four-fors and has bowled at an average of 32.84 and an economy of 5.92. This year, in eight ODIs, he's been better than his averages, taking 11 wickets at an average of 28.81 and an economy of 5.52.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving missed the opening two games due to injuries from the marathon home test campaign, Yadav picked up more than one wicket for just the third time this IPL. But the wickets he took in this match were vital, Yadav picked up the key wickets of Shikar Dhawan and the dangerous and experienced Yuvraj Singh. Despite this, Yadav has still totalled 16 wickets for this IPL campaign, consistently picking up a wicket a game.
Fantasy AnalysisHip and lower back soreness resulting from a marathon home Test campaign kept Yadav out of KKR's first two matches of the season, but his entry against Kings XI on Thursday proved why he was the third-most productive wicket-taker for India in Tests this year. The pacer first dismissed Glenn Maxwell for 25, unbalancing an already-shaky batting attack, before going on to claim three more wickets in the 18th over. Yadav's economy rate of 8.25 was consistent with his career average of 8.17, but this was only his second four-wicket innings in 98 appearances.
Fantasy AnalysisYadav is only the latest member of India's Test team to emerge from a marathon season with an ailment in tow. After the Knight Riders' debut Friday, their schedule includes four other games before the aforementioned two-week rest period concludes. If he indeed misses those five matches, the seamer's first opportunity to return comes on Friday, April 21 against the Gujarat Lions in KKR's home confines of Eden Gardens.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile the other Yadav in the squad (Kuldeep) snatched the headlines in the first innings with his debut four-for, it was Umesh that was instrumental in kick-starting this second innings charge. His opening spell knocked out openers David Warner and Matt Renshaw, and his work late knocked out Nathan Lyon for a duck. The 29-year-old Yadav took a four-for in the first innings at Pune but has been a bit inconsistent since when it comes to taking wickets. However, he certainly looks like a man in form heading into the IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Fantasy AnalysisThe home side's bowlers struggled against the Australian batting attack at what was supposed to be a difficult wicket for the tourists in Ranchi, but Umesh Yadav managed a couple of key scalps. His dismissal of Matt Renshaw for 44 in the 23rd over and Peter Handscomb for two in the 43rd produced a minor batting collapse by Australia, but captain Steve Smith and allrounder Glen Maxwell righted the ship with 117 and 82 respectively, both not out. Yadav allowed 63 runs in his 19 overs of bowling, for an economy rate of 3.31.
Fantasy AnalysisIndia's game plan for this first Test was built around its spinners, but when the Pune pitch proved less than hospitable it was the fast bowler Yadav who stepped up to deny the visitors a breakout tally. The 29-year-old yielded some crucial wickets in his 12 overs of bowling, including David Warner for 38 and Matthew Wade for just 8. He had the second-fewest opportunities of India's five-man bowling squad, but surrendered only 2.66 runs an over. Look for Yadav to get a few more cracks at the Australian batsman in the second innings.
Fantasy AnalysisFollowing Ishant Sharma being ruled out of the side due to illness, it was expected that either Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Yadav would be the one to replace him. In the lead up to the Test, it has been confirmed that Yadav has been named as the player to replace Ishant.
Fantasy AnalysisGiving up four leg byes on his very first delivery didn't portend what was to come, especially amid an innings rife with boundaries. After yielding a six to start his spell in the death, Yadav fired a length ball that struck Karun Nair in front of leg stump, resulting in dismissal via LBW. The scalp broke up Dehli's profitable fourth-wicket stand -- 105, to be precise, between Nair and Sam Billings -- and Yadav one-upped himself by getting Chris Morris to edge into off stump only two balls later. Yadav proceeded to concede boundaries on four of his next five, before bowling Billings himself. Facing 186 in the chase was unpalatable for the visitors, as opener Robin Uthappa struggled to construct a partnership greater than 44 runs in the second innings.
Fantasy AnalysisYadav wasn't exactly economical with the ball, surrendering five fours on the way to his final bowling figures. However, a fuller delivery was edged by Karun Nair to the keeper in the death, which doubled as Yadav's first scalp in four matches. With KKR's chase waning and season on the line, Yadav uncharacteristically put on a batting display upon his appearance at No. 10 in the 18th. Managing only four off his first four balls, he crushed three fours and one six when 35 was needed from 11, but the desired outcome wasn't seen through in the last over of the match. While his season concludes with 10 wickets across 12 games, a 9.09 economy rate and 25.2 strike rate indicate his struggles throughout the tournament. In any case, it's a good bet that the 27-year-old will be selected Wednesday for June's home series against Bangladesh, which includes one Test and three ODIs.
Fantasy AnalysisIn defense of 167, Yadav nailed the off stump on two occasions with fuller deliveries, striking an early blow to Hyderabad's chase with the scalps of David Warner and Naman Ojha. Yadav's remaining overs were less auspicious, as he allowed three fours and one six, but his quick strikes were enough to garner Man of the Match honors. While his 9.03 economy rate is more expensive than his norm (8.26), he boasts an 18.0 strike rate, which ranks as his best mark in six IPL seasons.
Fantasy AnalysisUsing a series of length bowls throughout his four overs, Yadav contained Dehli batsmen to one boundary, a four, and fired 12 dot balls en route to a spectacular 4.50 economy rate. He ended each of his two overs in the death with wickets, and with only eight runs allowed during that span, he held the opposition to a first-innings total of 146. The performance backs up Saturday's three-wicket haul versus Kings XI, bumping his wicket total to five in three games in IPL8.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter inducing David Warner into a simple catch to cover in his second over with the new ball, none of Yadav's wickets came in a timely manner. As evidence, Australia sprayed 11 fours and two sixes off Yadav's pace, leading to his most runs allowed in the tournament. Nevertheless, he gathered four-wicket hauls in both knockout matches on his way to a team-high 18 for 17.83 in eight tournament fixtures. With the World Cup behind him, he'll head to the Kolkata Knight Riders and bolster their bowling unit yet again.
Fantasy AnalysisAn expensive 13-run over aside in Bangladesh's Powerplay, Yadav's pace overwhelmed opposing batsmen, as the ticker settled at 37 dot balls by the match's conclusion. Moreover, he tallied at least one wicket in each of his spells, including the final two to clinch the match for India. Among teammates, he now ranks second to fellow seamer Mohammed Shami in terms of wickets taken with 14, which have fallen for 17.78 at a 4.50 economy rate.
Fantasy AnalysisYadav opened with fellow seamer Mohammed Shami, who emerged from the first 10 overs with 27 runs against and two wickets taken. Racking up 37 dot balls throughout the match, Yadav proceeded to stop Zimbabwe's innings, utilizing his pace to nail down the final two wickets. After the performance, he is one of four Indian bowlers with 10 or more wickets, but Yadav's average (21.80) and economy rate (4.70) are the worst among the set, which exemplifies their crisp bowling throughout the group stage of the World Cup.
Fantasy AnalysisBowling a team-high 40 dot balls, only a tough 14-run fourth over afflicted Yadav's final figures, which unsurprisingly included two of his four boundaries. Otherwise, the fast bowler felled Windies batsmen early and late to increase his wicket total to six through four World Cup matches. Accompanying the solid mark is a 23.50 average and 4.34 runs allowed per over.
Fantasy AnalysisYadav picked up the first and last wicket of the United Arab Emirates' batting innings whilst stifling the batsmen throughout. He bowled 33 dot balls in 6.3 overs with an economy rate of 2.30. In three World Cup matches, he has taken four wickets and conceded just 4.40 runs per over.
Fantasy AnalysisYadav surrendered a team-high seven boundaries, but his 37 dot balls ranked second among India's bowling unit. During five one-day matches this year, including last week's warmup games, he's picked up seven wickets. Moreover, since the calendar flipped to 2014, the fast bowler has posted a 44.00 average and 5.42 economy rate in 12 ODIs.