Back in 2010, the Indian pacer, Umesh Yadav started making a name for himself, he was touted to become India’s next big fast bowler. He had pace, bounce and everything else quality fast bowler needs. However, the Vidarbha express didn’t really the ‘choice of pacers’ in the Indian line-up over the years.
Yadav has always been through a mountain like a career where he hasn’t really featured for India regularly. In an interview, he opened up regarding his inconsistent run in the Indian team, along with how he manages these things. Talking to the Indian Express, Umesh said, “Thoda kharaab, buraa toh lagta hai (I do feel bad) that you aren’t getting as many chances. 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.”
Yadav also lauded the three pacers, Ishant Sharma Mohammed Shami and Jasrpit Bumrah, who are currently the frontline fast bowlers in the Indian team and they are bowling really well.
Umesh further elaborated, “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. I hardly get two matches in a row. Unless you play more in those conditions, you will not learn more about those conditions.”
According to Yadav, selectors have could’ve used him in a better way in limited-overs cricket. He feels that he gets a game here and there and then he is left for another 6 months. At the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Umesh Yadav picked up 18 wickets from eight matches. Surprisingly, Umesh Yadav, after the World Cup, didn’t play a lot of limited-overs cricket for India.
Yadav has played 46 Tests till now and picked up 144 wickets. In 75 ODI, he has 106 wickets while he has played only seven T20Is and picked nine wickets in them.