IND vs SA: Umesh Yadav makes impact on Test comeback

Umesh Yadav became an overnight hit on social media on day two of the third Test, after he hammered debutant George Linde for five huge sixes.

Umesh Yadav celebrates after dismissing Quinton de Kock in the Ranchi Test.   -  AP Photo

Making a comeback into the Test squad, having last featured in one Test against Australia in December last year, India paceman Umesh Yadav has definitely vindicated the selectors decision.

After pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the South Africa series because of a back injury. Umesh got a call-up and he grabbed the opportunity, by bagging three wickets in the first innings and two in the second of the third Test in Ranchi. Not just that, Umesh also became an overnight hit on social media on day two, after he hammered debutant George Linde for five huge sixes. He lost his wicket soon after, but his brief knock of 31 off 10 balls, was enough to lift the dressing room atmosphere, with captain Virat Kohli having enjoyed the most.

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After his IPL debut in 2010, Umesh has had featured for multiple sides - Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Umesh did not had a great outing in 2019, returning with eight wickets from the 11 matches he played, at an average of 46.37. However, he has 119 wickets in IPL, at an average of 29.37.

Known as the 'Strongman' in the dressing room, Umesh has also turned up with short cameos lower down the order in the IPL, with a strike rate of 96.82.

The Vidarbha bowler from his 42 Test appearances, has taken 125 wickets, with his best performance being 6 for 88 in Hyderabad against the West Indies in 2018.