Yogesh Golwalkar

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Yogesh Ashok Golwalkar (born 13 February 1980) is an Indian cricketer. He is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm leg-break bowler.

Golwalkar started playing first-class cricket with Madhya Pradesh in the season 1999-2000, where he spent the majority of his career. His first match was the part of the 2000-1 Ranji Trophy, where the team reached the quarter-finals. Although he played little in his first two seasons, he helped Madhya Pradesh to reach the Plate semi-finals in the 2002-3 season and saw them finish second a year later. In 2003 Golwalkar led the Madhya Pradesh under-25 County side to its first ever National Championship Title which was first time in the history of Madhya Pradesh Cricket that they became national champions in the longer version after the Holkar Team under the leadership of the legend C K Naidu. In this Under-25 BCCI tournament Golwalkar's strategic, astute and matured leadership was instrumental in their comprehensive win over some of the big teams and favorites such as Mumbai, Punjab and Tamil Nadu.

After the end of the 2003-4 season, Golwalkar performed exceptionally well in the domestic Ranji Trophy season where he picked up his career's first 10 wicket haul against Orissa at the semifinal, followed by another 5 against Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy Finals in March 2004. As a result, he was picked up for the India-A Tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya (2004) alongside M S Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Akash Chopra and Rohan Gavaskar. He played on the India A cricket team, before returning for the next Indian cricket season. After returning from the A tour Golwalkar was picked up to play against Mumbai at the IRANI Trophy where he bowled well and helped his team to beat Ranji champions at Mohali in September 2004.

In the 2004-5 season, Madhya Pradesh made it to the Elite Group of the Ranji Trophy, and Golwalkar's performance led to his recruitment to Middlesex County Cricket Club. He took 6 wickets in his debut game at Lord's against Kent.[1] He returned to India after only a few games, playing consistently for Madhya Pradesh and bringing them to the semifinals in the Ranji Trophy in 2006. He continued to play for Madhya Pradesh until 2008-09 season and moved to UK to pursue an MBA at Bradford University School of Management UK.

He played as an overseas professional in UK for many years, where he picked up over 90 wickets in his first season (2005) for Atherton Cricket Club in Lancashire and kept on playing as a professional. At the beginning of 2013 he was called upon by Durham County Cricket Club UK to address their Academy coaches on how to coach leg-spin bowling. In 2013 he played for Hall Bower CC in Yorkshire and did exceptionally well with his best figure 8 for 32 runs in one innings.[2][3] He was signed by Kings XI Punjab in the Pepsi IPL 2015 auction at Bangalore on 16 February 2015.[4]

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