Less than two seasons after fast bowler Umesh Yadav first played with a leather ball, he was bowling against the likes of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in the Duleep Trophy. What makes his ascent even more remarkable is that he represents unglamorous Vidarbha in the Plate League of the Ranji Trophy. He is the son of a coal-mine worker and was aiming to become a policeman. He only started considering a career in cricket as a 19-year-old, an age by which the best young Indian cricketers are in the running for a national cap. He bowls from wide of the crease, and his usual delivery is the one that angles into a right-hand batsman. He is capable of touching the 140kmh mark, and also possesses an effective bouncer, qualities which helped him take 20 wickets at 14.60 in four games for Vidarbha in his debut season in 2008-09.