India’s fast bowler Umesh Yadav recently celebrated completing 10 years of International cricket. Yadav has come a long way in his career and he has done a fine job whenever he has got the opportunity. When a player starts young, he needs some kind of confidence to believe in his abilities. Yadav recalled that he got that much needed shot in the arm when he bowled a fine spell for South Zone in the Duleep Trophy.
The strongly built Yadav was able to dismiss Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in his fine spell and it was a perfect catalyst from him. Both Dravid and Laxman are one of the best Test batsmen and dismissing them would have done a world of good for the fast bowler.
Umesh Yadav reveals the turning point of his career
Umesh Yadav was then able to attract the Vidharbha selectors and his career took off from there. The right-arm pacer has shown great skills to consistently bowl above 140 km/h but he needs to work a bit more on his line and length as he can be wayward sometimes.
Umesh Yadav said while talking to Cricbuzz on Spicy Pitch, “When I went to play the Duleep Trophy match and got to know the team I would be playing against and I would be bowling against the likes of Dravid and Laxman – I was terrified. I had never imagined that I would bowl such a fine spell under such a pressure situation. I took a 5-wicket haul for South Zone and I got the big wickets of Dravid and Laxman. That gave me immense confidence”.
Meanwhile, Umesh Yadav made his Test debut against West Indies in 2011 and he took two wickets. Yadav has shown good form while bowling in the Indian conditions, where there isn’t much help for the seamers.
However, Yadav will have to wait for his opportunities in the Test fold as Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami are first-choice pacers of the side. Furthermore, Umesh is also not a regular part of the limited-overs side and played his last ODI in 2018.
In fact, the 32-year pacer was India’s leading wicket-taker in the 2015 World Cup as he scalped 18 wickets in eight matches at an impressive average of 17.83. However, he hasn’t been able to cement his place in the side. Thus, Yadav will look to turn the tide when he makes a comeback into action.