The Indian cricket team has undergone major squad changes for the remainder of its ongoing three-Test series against New Zealand, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announcing the inclusion of Gautam Gambhir and Jayant Yadav as replacements for the injured KL Rahul and Ishant Sharma, respectively.
Gambhir's selection dominated headlines for a major part of the day on Tuesday, with the southpaw getting picked in the national squad after a gap of more two years. His selection follows the exit of Rahul from the remainder of the series due to a hamstring injury that he picked during the first Test.
Yadav, on the other hand, comes in to replace Ishant, who had missed the Kanpur Test due to chikungunya, and has been rested for the remaining Tests by the board, presumably to get him fit for the remainder of the home season that will go on till March.
While 34-year-old Gambhir will join the Indian squad as its most experienced member and is someone the average Indian fan will know quite well, the same cannot hold true for Yadav, who is yet to make his first appearance in international cricket.
On that note, let us take a detailed look at the life and career of Jayant Yadav:
Born on 22 January, 1990 in Delhi, Yadav is primarily an right-arm off-spinner who is a handy batsman down the order. Yadav's appearances so far in his career have been for Haryana (First-Class, List-A, Twenty20) and Delhi Daredevils (Indian Premier League).
X-Factor: Given the fact that lower-order runs tend to be crucial on Indian surfaces, Yadav's ability to get quick runs with the bat would help give the Indians an edge over the Black Caps, as was mentioned by India skipper Virat Kohli during his post-match presentation ceremony.
First-class record: Yadav made a memorable debut for Haryana in the 2011 season, picking up six wickets on debut against Gujarat. In the following year, he proved his handiness lower down the order with the bat, scoring 211 at No 9 and sharing a 392-run stand with Amit Mishra.
Yadav went on to enjoy a purple patch in the 2014-15 Ranji season, where he picked 33 wickets at 17.66. Among his other memorable moments were slamming his second ton for Haryana, and sharing a 206-run stand with Virender Sehwag in the following Ranji season, as well as a four-wicket haul against the visiting England side in in 2012-13. The offie dismissed leading England batsman and Test skipper Alastair Cook in that match.
Indian Premier League (IPL): Yadav's exploits in domestic cricket earned him a contract with Delhi Daredevils ahead of the 2014 season for a sum of Rs 10 lakh. However, it was only in the next season that he got to finally don the jersey on the field, making his league debut against Sunrisers Hyderabad, in which he took the wicket of Eoin Morgan.
Recent record: Yadav earned a call-up into the India squad for the limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe in June this year, ahead of which he said that "he would never bowl a doosra". However, he wasn't picked for any of the matches on the tour. He was also effective in India A's tour of Australia for an unofficial Test series, where he picked seven wickets at 22.5.
First Published On : Sep 28, 2016 12:46 IST