3 teams that could sign Umesh Yadav at the IPL 2021 auction

Umesh Yadav

Chennai Super Kings

Delhi Capitals

Kings XI Punjab

Fast bowler Umesh Yadav was released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ahead of the IPL 2021 season.

It was easy to why he was jettisoned despite being bought by the franchise three years ago for a whopping INR 4.2 crores.

Umesh Yadav had a great first season for RCB, bagging 20 wickets at a decent economy rate of 7.86. However, he couldn’t replicate his form in the next two seasons.

He picked up only wickets at a high economy of 9.8 in IPL 2019, while in two IPL 2020 games, Umesh Yadav conceded 83 runs at an appalling economy rate of 11.85.

Unsurprisingly, the 33-year-old became surplus to requirements at RCB, as the likes of Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini were already in their ranks. He did not play any more games for RCB that season before he was released by the franchise.

Umesh Yadav is among the top-ten wicket-takers of all time in IPL history, with 119 scalps in 121 games.

Considering his pedigree and experience, the 33-year-old is unlikely to have any dearth of suitors in the competition. On that note, let us have a look at three teams that could sign Umesh Yadav in the IPL 2021 auctions.

Chennai Super Kings failed to make the IPL playoffs for the first time in their history last season. They were underwhelming in all three departments and were outplayed by the opposition on quite a few occasions.

While their batting failed miserably, it was the bowling of CSK that also came under the scanner. They had quality in their spin department, but pacers like Deepak Chahar, Sam Curran and Shardul Thakur lacked penetration.

All three can swing the ball but don’t have a lot of pace. This is where Umesh Yadav could come in.

Despite his penchant to be expensive at times, Umesh Yadav can be difficult to handle if he can get to swing the ball at pace, something CSK could immensely benefit from.

With INR 22.9 crores in their kitty and seven slots available, it will be interesting to see if the three-time IPL champions go for Umesh Yadav in the IPL 2021 auction.

Click here to see CSK’s retained squad for 2021.

Delhi Capitals have taken rapid strides forward in the last two IPL seasons, making the playoffs on both occasions. They also reached the final last season but fell against the mighty Mumbai Indians.

Although DC have pretty much have all their bases covered, the franchise lacks an experienced Indian bowler. Last season, they were overreliant on Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje to provide them with wickets up front and also bowl at the death.

The likes of Ishant Sharma, Mohit Sharma and Harshal Patel only impressed in patches and struggled for consistency.

If DC do snap up Umesh Yadav, he could bowl with the new ball and pick up early wickets. That would give DC the freedom to bowl more of Rabada and Nortje at the death, as Yadav tends to be expensive.

With INR 12.8 crores left in their kitty and six slots available, it remains to be seen if DC snap up Umesh Yadav ahead of their IPL 2021 campaign.

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) had an up-and-down IPL 2020 campaign. After losing six of their first seven games, they won five on the trot but fell short of making the playoffs.

One of the main reasons for their inconsistent performances was their inability to take wickets, especially by their fast bowlers.

Although Mohammed Shami was decent with the ball, he received very little support from the other end. The franchise could benefit from signing Umesh Yadav, as he has a knack of taking wickets despite conceding a few runs at times.

The inclusion of Umesh Yadav in their playing XI would also give KXIP the luxury to play an overseas batsman or an all-rounder. Moreover, the 33-year-old shares a great camaraderie with Shami, as both of them have played for the Indian team for a while. 

KXIP have a whopping INR 53.20 crore in their kitty and have nine slots available. However, it remains to be seen if they go for Yadav to bolster their bowling department or opt for a more economical bowler.

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