Umesh Yadav has been in fine form in the ongoing edition of IPL. He has already collected eight wickets so far and is currently the Purple Cap holder. Although many might think that he has not done well in IPL, if you take a look at his records, they actually seem pretty good. In this article, we take a look at a record regarding the most M.O.M Awards in IPL amongst the pacers.
The pacer with most M.O.M awards in IPL
For a pacer, it is usually hard to win a Player of the Match Award in a T20 game. Unless he/she dictates the game within a space of 24 balls and defines the outcome single-handedly, there is usually not much of a chance for a fast bowler to get the award.
If you take a look at IPL, one might guess that the likes of Dwayne Bravo or Lasith Malinga might have won the most Man of the Match awards among the pacers. However, it is Umesh Yadav who leads the list. The Vidharbha pacer has, so far, won 10 M.O.M awards in the competition, including the latest one against Punjab Kings. Here is a Tweet regarding the record:
Most M.O.M Awards by Pacers in IPL
10 – Umesh Yadav*
6 – Lasith Malinga
6 – Jasprit Bumrah
6 – Ashish Nehra
6 – Jaydev Unadkat
5 – Dale Steyn
5 – Sandeep Sharma
5 – Bhuvneshwar Kumar#KKRvsPBKS
— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) April 1, 2022Advertisement
Umesh Yadav has strengthened the KKR bowling attack
A signing that was made in the accelerated round, not many expected Umesh Yadav to get a game in the initial matches for KKR. However, KKR stuck to Umesh. Despite not much recent game time, Umesh Yadav has delivered for the franchise.
The pacer has been breathing fire in the powerplay and against Punjab Kings, he even collected a few wickets after the first six overs. While the movement in the initial overs is being exploited well by Umesh, he is also doing a fantastic job with his pace, lines and lengths. With Pat Cummins coming in, KKR’s bowling attack looks really strong now. They will have a good pace unit along with arguably the best spin attack in the competition.