Lytham is excited to confirm the signing of Indian spin bowling all-rounder Avinash Yadav for their 2023 Liverpool and District Cricket Competition season.
Yadav is an exceptional left-arm spinner playing for Mizoram following a long and decorated career with Railways in the top tier of India’s Ranji Trophy first-class competition.
In recent seasons, Yadav has been one of domestic cricket’s stand-out performers. After 38 first-class matches, he has 117 wickets at 29.83 alongside 923 runs at 17.41.
Following several useful Ranji campaigns (12 wickets at 24.66 and 11 wickets at 27.54 in 2016/17 and 2017/18 respectively), Yadav starred in 2018/19 topping the “Group A” wicket-charts with 41 wickets at 26.70 with 3 five-wicket hauls. He finished inside the top ten wicket-takers across all 4 divisions of Ranji Trophy cricket that summer.
Surprisingly Yadav had a quiet 2019/20 campaign then COVID struck putting pay to Ranji Trophy cricket in 2020/21, and most of the 2021/22 season. Nevertheless, he returned with a bang throughout the 2022/23 season taking 33 wickets at 20.15 including 4 five-wicket bags and a 10-wicket match haul. He also struck his maiden first-class century (125) and a fourth Ranji fifty amongst 315 runs at 31.50.
The veteran left-arm spinner has excelled in recent years, as he did as a schoolboy prior to breaking into professional cricket. Yadav featured for India Under-19 alongside the likes of Piyush Chawla, Irfan Pathan, and Robin Uthappa back in 2003 to 2005. Yadav broke into domestic cricket in 2012/13 and has been a loyal servant of Railways cricket since.
After his prolific 2018/19 Ranji Trophy season, Yadav signed his first overseas contract with Liverpool League club Wigan. Unsurprisingly, Yadav impressed, taking an incredible 62 wickets at 6.60 with 6 five-wicket hauls to finish amongst the leading wicket-takers and guide his side to promotion to the ECB Premier Division in 2020.
For 2023, Yadav will make his long-awaited return to the Liverpool League having recently signed with Lytham for their division one campaign.