The 32-year-old Indian fast-bowler Umesh Yadav has been frustrated with the workload management process of the national team. While he is getting lesser international matches, Yadav had further missed out the last year’s County cricket due to workload management.
In recent times, Yadav has impressed with his consistent bowling performances. The right-arm fast bowler is taking wickets regularly and has evolved as the game-changer for the Indian Test side. But his numbers of international matches have gone down in the last two years. While Yadav played 19 international matches in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Yadav had played 14 games in 2018, and only five international matches in the last year (2019).
Yadav is currently the in-form Indian pace bowler, but he is sacrificing his game days due to the workload management policy. The right-arm fast bowler feels that he can bowl better if he can play more games, and that’s why he is focusing on the domestic first-class matches. Before the Ranji Trophy clash against Delhi, starting on Sunday (19th January), Yadav has opened up on his workload management.
Umesh said, “Workload management is a balance that you strike when you are constantly playing matches. In my case, it’s been the opposite. I have played lesser and lesser in the past two years (2018 and 2019). So there hasn’t even been optimum workload for me. I am 31 years old and the next four to five years are very important. If you look at my record. I played four Tests last year (2019) and before that another four in 2018. In white ball, I played only one game last year.
“At this age, the more I bowl, the better I will get. That’s why I am playing five first-class to have some more workload.”
After New Zealand tour, I have only IPL left and then no cricket – Umesh Yadav
While it is the year of ICC T20 World Cup that will be hosted by Australia starting in October, Yadav is concurrently not in scheme of things for India.
The speedster has played his last T20I on 24th February 2019 against Australia at Visakhapatnam.
He added, “So in a World T20 year, after New Zealand tour, I have only IPL left and then no cricket. If I am not selected for white-ball cricket, I have precious little to do then.”
Yadav claimed that Gloucestershire offered him to play for the last season, but the BCCI workload management policy allowed him only for a few matches and that’s why he missed the previous English county season.
He said, “I got a county offer last season (from Gloucestershire). They wanted me to play seven games but the BCCI workload management policy doesn’t allow me to play more than two or three games. So the deal didn’t work out. Also I had some niggles to take care of after IPL.”
At present, Umesh Yadav is the 21st-ranked Test bowler.