Umesh Yadav now owns Test cricket's most expensive record!

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Sydney, Jan 10: India's fast bowler Umesh Yadav has claimed the most expensive record in Test cricket, which he will not be proud of. And Australia batsman Joe Burns has handed him this.

4th Test Scorecard; Full Series Scorecards

Yadav, who is among India's fastest bowlers, was hammered all over the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on the fourth day of the 4th and final Test against Australia yesterday (January 9).

Umesh Yadav's unwanted record in Test cricket

The right-arm paceman seemed to run out of ideas as he came under attack from the Australian batsmen, who were in pursuit of quick runs in the second innings. (Controversy in Sydney Test)

Yadav was ransacked for 45 runs without a wicket in just 3 overs on Friday. His economy rate of 15 per over is the worst ever (among bowlers who have bowled minimum of 3 overs) in Test match history.

Today, Australia declared at their overnight score of 251/6, putting an end to Yadav's misery.

The 27-year-old, who was playing his 12th Test, looked clueless against Burns, in his 2nd Test. In his 3rd and final over, Yadav was smashed for 4 consecutive boundaries by the right-handed Burns.

Not only did Yadav claim worst ever economy rate in an innings but also in the series - 4th worst in the history. He conceded runs at 4.62 in this 4-Test rubber. This economy rate of 4.62 for the series is the second worst (most expensive is in Yadav's name only) by an Indian bowler.

Overall, Yadav's 4.62 is the fourth worst in Test history, behind Fidel Edwards (4.81) of West Indies, Australia's Brett Lee (4.72) and he is also at third at 4.66 (Vs Australia in 2011-12 series in Australia).

Yadav played three Tests in the series. He was not part of the Playing XI in the first match in Adelaide. He bowled 118.3 overs in 6 innings, leaking 548 runs for 11 wickets. His average was 49.81 and strike rate 64.6 with a best of 3/101.

It was not only about Yadav but the entire Indian bowling unit which failed miserably in the series. India's bowlers went for 100 plus runs in an innings 16 times in the series. This is also the worst ever mark.


Here is Umesh Yadav's 3-over nightmare spell at SCG (3-0-45-0)

  • 1st over - 4, 4+NB, 0, 0, 4, 0 4 - 17 runs
  • 2nd over - 4, 4, 0, 1, 0, 1 - 10 runs
  • 3rd over - 1, 4, 4, 4, 4, 1 - 18 runs

Worst economy rates (minimum 3 overs) in a Test innings (Top 5)

  • Umesh Yadav - 3-0-45-0 Vs Australia - 15.00 (economy rate)
  • Michael Kasprowicz (Australia) - 3-0-33-0 Vs New Zealand in Hobart (1997) - 11.00
  • Graeme Smith (South Africa) - 3-0-33-0 Vs Pakistan in Karachi (2007) - 11.00
  • Suresh Raina (India) 7-0-77-0 Vs South Africa in Centurion (2010) - 11.00
  • Derek Sealy (West Indies) 3-0-32-0 Vs Australia in Brisbane (1931) - 10.66

Yadav's full series analysis - 118.3-15-548-11

  • Economy rate - 4.62; Average - 49.81; Strike rate - 64.6; Best - 3/101
  • 1st Test - Did not play
  • 2nd Test - 3/101 (25 overs) Economy - 4.04, 2/46 (9) - 5.11
  • 3rd Test - 3/130 (32.3) 4.00, 2/89 (22) 4.04
  • 4th Test - 1/137 (27) 5.07, 0/45 (3) 15.00

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