Yash Thakur Shines Under Umesh Yadav's Mentorship in Ranji Trophy Final

Yash Thakur Shines Under Umesh Yadav’s Mentorship in Ranji Trophy Final

Yash Thakur, a promising young fast bowler, has emerged as a key figure in Vidarbha’s Ranji Trophy campaign. For five years, he has honed his skills under the tutelage of India’s premier pacer, Umesh Yadav.

In the ongoing Ranji Trophy final against Mumbai, Yash played a pivotal role in bowling out the defending champions for 224. Opening the bowling, he broke the 81-run opening stand with a sharp delivery that kissed the edge of Bhupen Lalwani’s bat. After lunch, he returned to dismiss Shams Mulani and Tanush Kotian, breaking the back of Mumbai’s lower order.

Yash’s success is a testament to the mentorship he has received from Umesh. The experienced pacer has been a constant presence in the Vidarbha team, providing guidance and encouragement to the younger bowlers. Yash recalls a particular incident during the 2018-19 Ranji semifinal against Kerala, where Umesh’s words of encouragement helped him overcome a wicketless spell.

“He walked up to me, reminded me the game is not over and told me to back myself,” Yash said. “It helped and I picked four in the next match. Since then, every time I bowl when he is around, he is always at mid-off, egging me and the others on.”

Yash’s journey to becoming a fast bowler began at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Academy, where he was initially a wicketkeeper. However, former Vidarbha captain and coach Praveen Hinganikar saw his potential as a bowler and encouraged him to focus on that aspect of the game.

“Sir (Hinganikar) told me there are more ways beyond wicketkeeping to emulate Dhoni,” Yash said. “He told me to learn from Dhoni in other aspects of the game and implement it while bowling. That was a turning point.”

Yash’s performance in the Ranji Trophy final has not only showcased his talent but also highlighted the importance of mentorship in sports. Umesh Yadav’s guidance and support have played a crucial role in shaping Yash’s career, and it is a testament to the positive impact that experienced athletes can have on the development of young players.