Umesh will also be available for Middlesex’s Royal London One-Day Cup. He is not part of India’s white-ball plans and is free from national team commitments over the next few months, as is fellow Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara, who plays for Sussex this season. Both players were part of the India squad for the final Test of their five-match series against England at Edgbaston last week.
“He is a proven world-class performer and can not only make a huge difference himself to the rest of our Championship campaign and to our Royal London Cup hopes, but will also be a fantastic role model for our young bowlers to work from. alongside,” said Alan Coleman, the club’s head of men’s performance.
“As a bowler he offers a tremendous amount. He delivers the ball wide of the crease, can move the ball back and forth, consistently tops 140mph and has a vicious short ball, so will be a real handle for opposing batters in English. the conditions.”
Umesh brings with him over a decade of experience in international cricket but has recently been a reserve tailor for India in Test cricket. He last played in the ODIs and T20Is in 2018 and 2019 respectively, while the most recent of his 52 Tests, which netted him 158 wickets at an average of 30.80, came earlier this year at the Cap.