Indian pacer Umesh Yadav had to go through a lot of ups and downs during his career. He has always been in and out of the team either because of injury or because of his inconsistent performance or competition within the team. The 32-year-old believes that because of less opportunity given in the international platform, he could not attain much success.
Umesh Yadav lost his place in the limited over format last year after playing the T20I series against Australia at home in February. With the competition rising in the team, his place faded away from the playing XI and he was also sidelined in the red-ball cricket.
You can’t complain too much: Umesh Yadav
While he, along with the likes of Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami, have risen their stature as a pace battery, Umesh remains benched for most parts unless India turns to home comforts.
Commenting on the same, he said that he feels bad for not getting enough chances. But he admits that the team needs to get the right combination for the game so he remains positive and waits for his chance.
“Thoda kharaab, buraa toh lagta hai (I do feel bad) that you aren’t getting as many chances,” Umesh told Indian Express. “I used to feel a bit down in the past about sitting on the sidelines and watching. But it’s important that you make yourself understand the situation.”
“I realized that it’s not healthy if I slip into pity. That feeling isn’t good as you won’t be able to perform well when you get a chance. You can’t complain too much as the other three- Ishant (Sharma), (Mohammed) Shami and (Jasprit) Bumrah are bowling well. So I can understand that for team management, getting the right balance wouldn’t be easy,” stated Umesh.
“I hardly get two matches in a row. Unless you play more in those conditions, you will not learn more about those conditions,” he added.
The pacer was the highest wicket-taker for the Indian team in the ICC 2013 Champions Trophy and ICC 2015 World Cup trophy as well. But he failed to create a special place in the Indian team.
“I do feel I haven’t been used properly by selectors in ODIs. Get a game here and there, then sit out for six months. It does get difficult. Career has never been stable. Always up and down. I did well at the 2015 World Cup, but then again out.”
The Vidarbha player last donned the Indian jersey against New Zealand after Ishant Sharma got injured ahead of the second Test match. He failed to return to impressive figures as he picked up only two wickets in the second Test match. India also went to lose the Test series with 0-2.