“Need opportunities to prove myself” – Umesh Yadav

“I just get an odd game in a series and then omitted. If you don’t get chances, how will you prove yourself?” Yadav asked.

The 31-year-old fast bowler has a international career that has many ups and downs . Umesh Yadav is one of the members of the Fiery leading pace attack of India. But after winning a lot of accolades after his 10-wicket haul in a Test match against the Windies at home, failed to produce the same magic in Perth, Australia. He had a bad run of form and finished with just 2 wickets for 139 runs in the match , which not at all matches his caliber and didn’t get any further opportunities.

That was the only chance he had to play the Historic Down Under tour of Australia but returned with a heavy heart. But Umesh , However made a striking return back to form in domestic cricket picking up 9 wickets for his side Vidarbha in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Uttarakhand and took them to the semifinals. He earned the Man of the Match following his great performance in the match . The disappointed Right arm pacer talked about his lack of opportunities and exclusion from the team.

When asked about the situation about his role in the upcoming World cup, he clearly mentioned he has left that situation to the selectors to decide. And asked for more opportunities to prove his mettle .

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How will i prove myself if I don’t get chances

“As a bowler, I haven’t played any major tournaments. I just get an odd game in a series and then omitted. If you don’t get chances, how will you prove yourself? If you see, in the last two years, how many ODIs would I have played? Hardly four [or] five. I got two games in England, two against West Indies , then they picked me for T20s and now I am again out,” he was quoted as saying by Sportstar in an exclusive interview.

He also mentioned that judging his performance in the Indian Premier League , he has to get a fair opportunity and chance. He also said that irregular chances adds pressure to the player about his place in the team. And also doesn’t add to the player’s cause to give the best for his team.

 I am not a Superman

“Bowling in international cricket is different than playing here. Just like, after the first day (in the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal), if someone had said ‘Umesh is here but hasn’t even been able to pick wickets against Uttarakhand’, it’s not fair. You have to also assess the conditions. I am not a Superman,” the fast bowler, who will complete a decade in international cricket next year, said.

The Indian team management came under question for picking Umesh ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the Perth Test after Ravichandran Ashwin got injured. Captain Virat Kohli defended then saying Umesh had a good show against the Caribbeans at home.

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