Jayant Yadav, the proficient Indian off-spinning all-rounder, has become the latest Indian cricketer to venture into County cricket this season. Middlesex has secured his services for the last four games of the ongoing County Championship season. This follows recent County signings, with Sai Sudarsan joining Surrey for the red-ball season and Prithvi Shaw briefly representing Northamptonshire in white-ball cricket before an injury-induced exit.
This isn’t Yadav’s first County rodeo; he played two matches for Warwickshire last season. While he has been a standout performer in India’s domestic cricket, particularly for Haryana, Yadav is best known for his Test exploits during the 2016-17 season when he notched up his maiden Test century.
Yadav, a tidy off-spinner known for his precision rather than extreme variations, offers a valuable skill set, especially in the Test format. Middlesex’s Director of Cricket, Alan Coleman, highlighted the significance of Yadav’s signing, emphasizing his international experience and cricketing wisdom, which will be invaluable for the team.
Coleman stated, “We feel that spin will be an important factor in September, and the opportunity to sign an international spinner of Jayant’s quality was too good to turn down.” He noted that Yadav’s presence would provide the squad with experience, quality, and know-how, all of which would prove immensely valuable in the upcoming matches.
Yadav, visibly excited about the extended County stint, expressed his honor and enthusiasm at joining Middlesex County Cricket Club. He reflected on his positive experience playing County cricket last year and eagerly anticipated contributing to Middlesex’s success.