Jayant Yadav, the 28-year-old offspinner who played four Tests and and ODI during the 2017 season, will play for three-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians after he was traded from the Delhi Capitals side following the end of the 2019 Indian Premier League auctions. Yadav, who was part of the Delhi franchise since 2015, has played in just 10 IPL games and last represented India in February 2017. The trading window remains open until 30 days to the start of the 2019 Season. Yadav, who currently plays for Haryana in domestic cricket, recently represented India in the Emerging Teams Cup in Colombo when he picked up 10 wickets in five games.
Yadav put in a solid performance during the series against England. He slammed his first fifty in the Test match in Mohali while in the Mumbai Test, he blasted a century while batting at No.9. Jayant became the first Indian No.9 batsman to score a Test century and his 241-run stand with Kohli, a record for the eighth wicket, took the game away from England as India won the series 4-0.
The right-hander played one solitary ODI during the Vizag game against New Zealand in 2017 and he ended with figures of 1/8 in four overs as India thrashed New Zealand by 190 runs to clinch the ODI series 3-2.
However, following the Pune Test against Australia in 2017, Yadav proved to be ineffective on a rank turner. He ended up with an economy rate of over 4.5 in both the innings and picked up only two wickets in the entire match. His expensive economy rate was one of the reasons for India to lose the match by a massive margin of 333 runs. In that match, Steve O’Keefe picked up the best haul by a spinner against India as he ended with figures of 12/70 (6/35 in both innings) as Australia won a Test in India after 13 years. Following the result, Yadav was dropped from the team and has not been picked since.
The Indian Premier League 2019 auctions were conducted on December 18 in Jaipur and 60 players went under the hammer. Jaydev Unadkat and Varun Chakaravarthy were the biggest gainers in the auction, with Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab acquiring both players for Rs 8.4 crore respectively.