Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav sees the final of the World Test Championship as an opportunity to win a World Cup. He also seems pretty confident to be in the starting lineup. India will face New Zealand in the summit clash which begins on June 18 in Southampton.
Like a few other Test regulars, Umesh Yadav is no longer part of India’s white ball setup. The test world championship title is nothing less than a World Cup for Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane among others.
“We worked really hard to get there, and with players like me who are not used to white ball cricket this is what we consider to be our World Cup. If I am able to perform well in this game and we end up winning, being the world champion will be a memory forever, ”said Umesh Yadav. ESPNcricinfo.
He further added that the English conditions will help him earn a place in the game.
“The game is in England, where swing and tailoring are important, so I definitely see myself in the game for this game,” exclaimed Yadav.
Umesh Yadav last played red ball cricket in the MCG Boxing Day Test in which he limped with a calf muscle injury after playing just 3.3 times in Australia’s second round . He then completed his recovery and made a return to the test squad for the final two home tests against England. But unfortunately, he had to warm up the bench in both games.
“I can mostly pull my body for another two or three years” – Umesh Yadav
Although he only played 48 tests, Umesh Yadav has been around for over a decade now. He seemed confident to spend another 2-3 years, while also acknowledging that the influx of raw young talent into the rhythm drums from India will certainly give him a chance to make his money.
“I’m 33 now and I know I can mostly pull my body for another two or three years, and there will be young people coming along. I think it’s just healthy because it ends up benefiting the team.
“When you have five or six fast bowlers on a four or five test tour, you can play each of them for two games to help reduce their stress and their workload, so that helps this group. [of fast bowlers] play longer, ”said Umesh Yadav.
Although Umesh Yadav has flirted with a few injuries, he takes comfort in the fact that he hasn’t faced as many roadblocks as fast bowlers usually do. Therefore, he also did not need to significantly reduce his pace.
“As for the rest of my career, I thank God that I didn’t have so many injuries. And that’s satisfying as a fast bowler, because once a fast bowler starts to get injured, he tends to start struggling, which ultimately reduces his [playing] life.
“After an injury there is recovery, and then you need a detox, which takes a long time, which you can never recover. But I wasted very little time due to injuries, which kind of helped me lengthen my career. So I didn’t have to compromise a lot on my pace, ”said Umesh Yadav.
Umesh Yadav will now represent the Delhi Capitals at the 2021 IPL. They will play their first game against the Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai on April 10th.