India pacer Umesh Yadav made a stellar start to his county stint with Middlesex taking his first wicket on Monday. He suffered a sharp right-handed blow on his debut against Worcestershire during a County Championship Division Two match in Northwood.
Umesh has been replaced by Shaheen Shah Afridi of Pakistan by the club. The latter had to return home to prepare for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.
The 34-year-old tasted his first success in the County Championship by getting Worcestershire left-handed batsman Taylor Cornell clean for 11 runs. Umesh bowled a pitch-up ball while the batsman seemed to defend it. However, it found a way to break into the latter’s defense and got into the wickets.
The video of the dismissal was shared on Middlesex’s official Twitter handle.
Yadav sent the stumps flying. Take a look at @y_umesh’s first wicket in a Middlesex shirt, coming up all summer,” read the caption of the video.
, Yadav sent the stump flying
take a look at @y_umeshFirst wicket in Middlesex shirt
In the four-day match against Worcestershire, Middlesex won the toss on Monday and elected to bat. His innings lasted only 59.1 overs as he was bowled out for 188. Luke Hollman scored 62 while Tom Helm scored an unbeaten 50. Umesh didn’t have a good day with the bat in hand as he got out for a duck off 3 balls. In reply, Worcestershire were 100/5 by stumps on the first day.
Middlesex included Umesh in exchange for the likes of Afridi. During the signing of the Indian pacer, the club’s head of men’s performance cricket, Alan Coleman, said, “It was always our intention to have an overseas international bowler with us for the entire duration of the season, and since Shaheen returned to Pakistan before the start had come. We are looking for the right player to replace him in our Blast campaign.”
“Yadav could make a huge difference to the remainder of our championship campaign and our prospects in the Royal London Cup,” he added.