Lalit Yadav is one of those underrated stars who are finally going well. He provides a lot of utility with his lower-order batting and off-spin. He was bought at base price in 2019 but only got a chance to play in 2020. In 2020, Lalit Yadav got a few opportunities as a substitute fielder, and did a handy job. His chance finally came in 2021 when Ravichandran Ashwin took a break mid-season.
He didn’t get too many chances to make an impact though. With the bat, he ha a fair average but often came in too late to make an impact. With the ball, Lalit Yadav was used more like a part-timer and didn’t bowl his full quota on most occasions.
After toiling and struggling to find his place in Cricket, Lalit Yadav had a huge moment when he received his cap and a word of confidence from the great Ricky Ponting. Through struggles which saw him shift from wicket-keeping to off-spin, Lalit Yadav finally found a way to be useful in both aspects of the game.
Come the 2022 season, Yadav is finally in the limelight. In the first game, he was against the Mumbai Indians and Jasprit Bumrah. Their was a stiff target ahead as wickets fell in quick intervals. Since it was an evening game, Delhi did not have the dew advantage and the run-rate climbing. He was bought for a better price in the IPL Auctions after a decent Ranji season made him a reliable option to bring back.
With an opportunity to grab the spotlight, Lalit Yadav showed that he can play against quality bowlers and handle pressure well. He guided the team to the target and provided some lust blows to take his team home from a situation that was tough for a young Delhi side.
Against the Gujarat Titans, Lalit Yadav again showed his worth. Delhi lost some early wickets but Yadav hung around, built a partnership with Rishabh Pant but couldn’t kick on after getting a start. He was dismissed for 25, but the innings helped bring Delhi back into the game.
With two decent contribution, Lalit Yadav has done enough to seal his spot in the line-up. He is batting well and has also done a decent job with the ball this season. He was given the second over against LSG and did well to hold one end down. He only conceded 21 runs and took one wicket as well as he bowled his full quota. The move may be a ground-breaker as we could see Lalit Yadav bowl upfront more often.
After starting off as an unknown uncapped player, Yadav finally got some faith put upon him by the Delhi Capitals. He is now a sure starter and a match-winner with the bat. With the ball as well, Lalit Yadav looks a potent player and will be getting more opportunities as the tournament moves forward.