Father was a coolie in coal mines, son became India’s fastest bowler of the generation

Umesh Yadav is currently touted as one of the best bowlers in the circuit as he has raised the level of his performance incredibly well in the last couple of years. Subcontinent conditions don’t assist fast bowlers much but Umesh Yadav has been extracting absolute peaches out of nothing and has been a vital cog in the Indian side led by Virat Kohli.

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But Umesh’s road to glory was one of the most difficult and horrendous ones. Financial struggles tried to derail his path many times but he stuck to his dreams and achieved what he wanted to. Umesh Yadav’s father worked in Pokharbhinda Lala(Baraipur Lala), Post- Govindpur, Deoria district in Uttar Pradesh and Umesh grew up in Valani (WCL Colny), a village of miners near to Khaperkheda, in Nagpur District of Maharashtra State, India.

Umesh Yadav always had great love for the game of cricket in his childhood and his love for the game took an aerial flight after he had completed his schooling in  Shankar Rao Chouhan Vidyalaya, Khaperkheda. But he knew the financial conditions of his family so he also dreamt to be a police or army constable. unfortunately, he failed to be one.

In 2007-08, he played leather ball cricket for the first time in his life after he had only played with tennis ball previously. He had unlocked his potential incredibly well and entered the Vidharbha Ranji Team, who were placed in the Plate division of the Ranji Trophy at that point.

Talking about Umesh’s selection, Vidharbha captain(then) said, “He was raw and wayward. But he was really quick – too quick. I thought that if he lands at least three out of six balls in line with the stumps, he will trouble batsmen.” After an impressive display for Central Zone in Duleep Trophy, he earned a place in Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2008 and subsequently made his ODI debut, something which he had dreamt off for a long time.

Umesh Yadav then went to achieve a lot of things during his career and it’d be fair to say his story will inspire generations to follow their dreams.

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Written by Anuraag Peesara

A philanthropic, self-obsessed individual, sometimes tedious, sometimes edgy, yet the positive vibes keep me alive. Stay calm, be yourself, its your life, do it your own way., my way is expressing via writing (typing rather).

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