The 32-year-old Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav feels that it will be difficult to maintain the good bowling performance without saliva at the beginning, and he will try to tackle it after beginning the practice session.
Recently, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned applying saliva to the ball for the interim period due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, the bowlers still can use sweat on the ball.
Like many others, Umesh Yadav, who has played 128 international matches, also feels that it will be not easy for the bowlers at the beginning to maintain the good bowling performance without saliva.
Umesh told IANS, “Yes, it will be difficult to suddenly start playing without the saliva. We haven’t started practising yet, once I get on the ground and practice playing without the use of saliva only then I will know how effective it is. With the old ball it’s still okay, but with the new ball, I don’t know how much it will shine minus the saliva.”
Umesh feels that the saliva ban will not be a big problem for the limited-overs cricket due to the white ball, but it can put a big effect on Test cricket due to the red ball. He will try to find out a solution after starting practice.
Umesh continued, “As the white ball swings for a less time, so for T20s it’s okay. But the main problem will be when we will play Test matches. If we can’t use saliva then we will have to think of new techniques to make the ball swing. Once practice starts only then we will know how to tackle it.”
Maintaining the workout discipline is difficult during the lockdown: Umesh Yadav
At present, Umesh is training indoors. During the lockdown process, he even felt lazy that triggered him to skip the training for a day or cheat on the diet, but he always tried to maintain his focus on his training.
He said, “Actually, maintaining the workout discipline is difficult during the lockdown. Training is still fine but what is difficult is the action of the athlete like the feel of working out together at the ground. Also when you are at home and you can’t step out, at times you feel very lazy. I even think of taking an off day or cheat on a diet, but this is the most crucial time and we need to avoid the lazy thoughts and push yourself. I give at least 1-2 hrs a day to training without fail.”
While the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 is highly doubtful, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is very much positive to organise the IPL 13 this year. Umesh, who isn’t sure about the IPL 2020 yet, wants to experience the IPL 2020.
The right-arm fast bowler commented, “Right now I have no idea if the IPL will happen this year or not, but I hope it does. As we haven’t played any matches for a long time now, it is important to play domestic matches before the international series starts. As lots of rules have changed now so at least we will have an idea how to take the new rules ahead and how to cope up with them, how to bowl in a particular situation etc. So yes, I want IPL to happen this year.”
I learnt a lot from MS Dhoni which I am using right now under the leadership of Virat Kohli: Umesh Yadav
He said, “I started my career under the guidance of Mahi bhai. As people call him, he was surely Captain Cool. I learnt a lot from him which I am using right now under the leadership of Virat. Virat is also a great captain, he is aggressive and because of him the whole team now thinks alike. Our body language, our mindset, everything matches, so yes, it is fun to play under him and we are committed to the team more than ever.”
Umesh also lauded the present Indian pace-bowling line-up and claimed that there is a healthy competition to grow up their skills.
Umesh Yadav has played 46 Tests, 75 ODIs and seven T20Is, where the right-arm fast bowler has taken 144, 106 and nine wickets respectively.