Umesh Yadav Thinks Good Performance In The IPL 2021 May See His Return In Limited-Overs Squad
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Umesh Yadav Thinks Good Performance In The IPL 2021 May See His Return In Limited-Overs Squad

Umesh Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Umesh Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Umesh Yadav, an Indian pacer has said that the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) would be really important for him if he has to play white-ball cricket for India once again.

In the upcoming IPL, Umesh Yadav will be representing the Delhi Capitals after he was bought by the franchise for INR 1 crore in the players’ auction held in February this year.

Umesh Yadav Playing For RCB In IPL Image Credit: AP
Umesh Yadav Playing For RCB In IPL Image Credit: AP

Umesh Yadav Feels He May Be Considered For White Ball Limited Overs Format Again If He Does Well In IPL 2021

In the 2020 season which was played in the UAE, Umesh Yadav played just 2 matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore and went wicketless. But he has 119 scalps in 121 matches averaging 30.07 at an economy rate of 8.51 with 2 four-wicket hauls and is an experienced pacer having played since 2010 in IPL.

“I think it depends on my performance. If I do well in the IPL this year, I may be considered for the [white-ball] national side again. I feel the IPL will be really important for me if I have to play white-ball for India again, and so I am not looking too far ahead at the moment. You will be noticed only if you do well in it, after which it will be decided whether you fit in the World Cup side or not,” Umesh told ESPNcricinfo.

“So my only goal now is to do well in the IPL. You also need to do better than the current crop of fast bowlers in the national side if you have to enter the limited-overs teams,” he added.

Umesh Yadav is one of the premier pacers and a regular for India in Tests. But that hasn’t propelled him to have a successful career in the shorter formats. IPL franchises also had started giving the Indian pacer a cold shoulder. Umesh Yadav was finally sold to Delhi Capitals for his base price of 1 crore while several foreign players went for huge sums at the Auction.

Umesh Yadav started his career with Delhi
Umesh Yadav started his career with Delhi

Overall, Umesh Yadav has been part of Delhi Capitals (Delhi Daredevils then), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the cash-rich T20 tournament. He made his debut against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in 2010.

In the 2020 edition, he played for RCB but wasn’t good enough for the Virat Kohli-led side to retain him for the 2021 season. He returns to Delhi based franchise after a hiatus of 7-8 long years.

Umesh Yadav Thanks God For Relatively Suffering Fewer Injuries And Hints Playing For Another 2-3 Years

Umesh Yadav has so far played 48 Test matches in his career and he has played most of the matches at home. However, the pacer feels that he can push his body for the next two to three years.

“As far as the rest of my career is concerned, thank god that relatively I haven’t had that many injuries. And that is satisfying as a fast bowler, because once a fast bowler starts getting injured regularly, he tends to start struggling, which ultimately reduces his [playing] life.

After an injury, there is the recovery, and then you need rehab, which consumes a lot of time, which you can never get back. But I have lost very little time to injury periods, which has kind of helped me lengthen my career.” said Umesh Yadav.

“I am 33 now and I know that I can mostly pull my body for another two or three years, and there will be some youngsters who will be arriving [to play]. I feel this is just healthy because it ultimately ends up benefiting the team. There is support for every bowler, everyone looks to give their best, and so whoever keeps doing the best keeps getting chances,” he added.

Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav
Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Umesh Yadav Photo by Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for BCCI

Even after performing at-home Tests, Umesh Yadav is not a sure starter in the playing XI as Virat Kohli-led India has serious enough bench strength in the pace department. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Ishant Sharma are sure starters in the longest format while Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur are good quality options as well as were evident in the recent Test series against Australia and England.

“I just think that I have developed the required line and length while keeping on playing in Asia. The more you play in particular conditions, the more your body starts adapting to it. I haven’t done a lot different [while playing in India]; all bowlers know that the new ball swings whereas the old one reverse in India, which is what I have also focused on.

“It is just that I started bowling a particular line and length here as compared to overseas. Playing a lot in Asia has helped me gain the required experience and develop that mindset of bowling well here,” Umesh Yadav maintained.

Umesh Yadav has had the tendency to stray his line and concede runs in ODI and T20 cricket. He has been out of the limited-overs squad as he last played a 50-over match for India in 2018. He has featured in only 7 T20Is.