Indian fast-bowler Umesh Yadav is set to showcase his skills in English conditions once again as he joins County Championship side Essex for the remainder of the season, stepping in as a replacement for the injured Doug Bracewell. With three matches left in the season, Yadav is gearing up to make his debut for Essex on September 4, when they face off against Middlesex.
Expressing his enthusiasm after joining the Essex squad, Yadav highlighted his eagerness to contribute to the team’s success. Having relished the experience of playing in England with Middlesex last season, Yadav aims to challenge himself in English conditions and make a meaningful impact on Essex’s title aspirations.
Yadav has prior exposure to English County cricket, having previously represented Middlesex. In four County Championship matches, he secured four wickets at an average of 71.50. The upcoming games on Yadav’s calendar include two home fixtures against Middlesex and Hampshire, along with an away game against Northamptonshire. These matches present him with opportunities to exhibit his prowess on both familiar and foreign terrains, offering Essex a chance to harness his skills.
The seasoned pacer has amassed an impressive record on the international stage, with 57 Test matches, 75 ODIs, and nine T20Is for India, resulting in a notable tally of 288 wickets. His recent appearance was during the World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia at the Oval in June, where he claimed two wickets but India suffered a defeat by 209 runs.