Umesh Yadav will be playing for a new franchise in Delhi Capitals in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League. The Indian fast bowler is no longer part of India’s limited over’s scheme of things. However, he believes that if he performs well in this year’s IPL, chances are likely that he might make a comeback in white-ball cricket.
“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 Yadav said.
“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 feels that he is lucky to not have succumbed to a lot of injuries in his career. This has helped him stay fit and not compromise on his pace.
“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. So I haven’t had to compromise a lot on my pace as well,” said Umesh.
In his international career, Umesh Yadav has played 48 Tests, 75 ODIs and 7 T20s, picking 148, 106 and 9 wickets respectively.