‘I asked the selectors to pick me’ – Umesh Yadav

Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav says that he’s not much worried about getting chance in the team rather he has continued his good work which earns him the spot in the playing XI after almost one year in the second test against South Africa.


Yadav played his last test match last year in December at Perth. In broad, he played only five tests among the last 18 tests for India. He had been always struggling with his line and lengths throughout his whole career and for that he was never be a constant part in the national team. But every time he toiled a lot and made his comeback to the main team.

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“This is a vital part of the game, it will continue occurring as long as I play cricket,” he said subsequent to grabbing match figures of 6 for 59 in India’s innings win. “These circumstances will continue coming, and I realize I must be prepared when I get my opportunity. For that, it’s important to remain positive, continue playing the game, and stay focused.” The 31-year old Yadav said.

“In this way, I generally ensure I continue getting match practice, regardless of whether it’s Ranji Trophy or India A or whatever else. These are the things that give me energy, and my focus stays sharp on the grounds that the more matches you play, the more match practice you have, which is significant, in light of the fact that as much as you may bowl in the nets, it’s different when you play matches, and know how you should bowl, what planning you have to do.

“At that stage it was a completely off-season for me because there was no Ranji Trophy, no one-dayers, nothing. So, I asked the selectors to pick me, and told them I wanted to play matches, and they said, ‘OK’. If you’re playing matches, your mentality and planning and focus stay sharp,” he added.

Yadav made his comeback in a most dramatic way that he picked up the two openers of South Africa- Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar quickly in the first innings of the second test match which set the platform for India. Yadav finished the match with a figure of 6/59.

“From my perspective, I felt, I don’t think about the others, however I have to bowl,” he said. “All bowlers said that we are prepared if follow-on is enforced as we didn’t want to rest. The purpose was to win, and not, ‘We should bat a bit and stretch the game’.


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