Umesh Yadav has always been a very underrated performer for team India during his international career. During his career, the fast bowler has matured and evolved as a fast bowler and played a key role in India’s win especially in Test cricket. Umesh was one of the first few Indian bowlers who clocked 140 consistently and was immediately fast-tracked to the Indian side. Since then Yadav has added several tricks in his bowling armoury and become a complete fast bowler.
The Vidarbha bowler made his debut for India in 2011 and so far played 48 Test matches, 7 T20Is and 75 ODIs. Umesh has picked 148 Test wickets, 106 ODI wickets and 9 in T20Is. The 33-year-old is still extremely fit which is why he is now a regular pick in India’s Test squad. Recently Umesh talked about his retirement and indicated that he might retire after 2 or 3 years. Talking about the competition for places on India’s side today, Umesh reckons that it ultimately benefits the team.
I can pull my body for another 2-3 years- Umesh Yadav
“I am 33 now and I know that I can mostly pull my body for another two or three years, and there will be some youngsters who will be arriving (to play). I feel this is just healthy because it ultimately ends up benefiting the team”, Umesh said to ESPNCricinfo.
Meanwhile, India now has incredible fast bowling which allows them to rotate their bowlers during challenging overseas and home tours. Umesh believes this helps to reduce the stress and workload of the bowlers and helps them to play longer.
“When you have five or six fast bowlers on a tour of four or five Tests, you can play each one of them for two games to help reduce their stress and workload, so it helps that pack (of fast bowlers) play for longer,” Umesh added.
Furthermore, Umesh Yadav will be seen playing for the Delhi Capitals with whom he started his IPL career in the upcoming season. The Delhi Capitals will kick off their IPL 2021 campaign against Chennai Super Kings on April 10.