|Aaradhya Yadav Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||June 3, 2004|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Aaradhya Yadav is an Indian professional cricketer who came to prominence in December 2021 when he was an integral member of the Indian squad that had triumphed at the 2021 ACC (Asian Cricket Council) Under-19 Asia Cup. This was the 8th time that India had won this competition out of the 9 editions that had been played. In February 2022, he was a part of the Indian squad (although he did not make it into the playing XI in any of India’s matches) that had won the 2022 ICC (International Cricket Council) Under-19 Cricket World Cup. This was India’s 4th successive appearance in the final of the tournament after losing efforts in 2016 and 2020 and a winning campaign in 2018. This was also the 5th time that India had lifted the trophy after victorious campaigns in 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2018.
Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
- Father – Ajay Yadav (Police Inspector)
- Siblings – Anchit Yadav (Older Brother)
He is represented by Nipun Sharma, Manager and Booking Agent, Infinity Optimal Solutions (IOS), Sports Management Agency, New Delhi, India.
Wicketkeeper, Middle Order Batter
3 – Youth ODI
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
63 kg or 139 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Side-parted, side-cropped hair
- Affable smile
- Clean-shaven look
Aaradhya Yadav Facts
- He used to be an all-rounder in his developmental years but had switched to being a wicket-keeper batsman after getting inspired by watching Indian cricket legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
- Aaradhya had come into the spotlight during the 2019–20 season of the Vijay Merchant Trophy (national under-16 cricket championship) where he was the leading run-scorer. He had amassed 636 runs (at an average of 63.6 including 3 fifties and 3 hundreds) in just 7 matches, representing UPCA (Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association). This performance had gone a long way in him getting selected for the 2021 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup.
- In the marquee match of the 2021 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup, against Pakistan, Aaradhya had walked in to bat with India’s score a precarious 96/5. He had dug in to score 50 runs off 83 balls and had taken India’s score to 204/9 by the time he was dismissed. India went on to score 237 runs, a total that had kept India in the game until the last ball off the final over of the match when Pakistan had scraped through to a narrow 2-wicket win. This was India’s only defeat in the 11 matches that they played across the 2021 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup and the 2022 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
- However, his performances in the rest of the matches in the 2021 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup were not up to the mark which meant that India’s other wicket-keeping option, Dinesh Bana, had been preferred over him for selection for the 2022 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
- Aaradhya was, however, included in India’s extended squad for the 2022 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup tournament keeping in mind potential COVID-19 complications. He was promoted to the main squad just before India’s quarterfinal match, against Bangladesh, as a replacement for Vasu Vats who had suffered a hamstring injury.
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