How workload management works against paceman Umesh Yadav

NEW DELHI: Umesh Yadav I spent a good 10-15 minutes with a group of bowlers at the Ferozeshah Kotla on the eve of Vidarbha Ranji Trophy match against Delhi.

He has been very methodical in his training prior to this match. Looking from a distance, nine years of international cricket experience tends to stand out even if you are part of a team that has ruled the first-class scene in India for the past two seasons.

But Umesh's story is a bit different from the rest of his colleagues in the delightful rhythm attack on the Indian team. At a time when the workload management of the Indian cricket table is credited by the evolution of fast bowling resources in the country, it works in reverse for Umesh. He is always looking for time for the game and the opportunity to participate in as many opportunities as possible.

What goes against it is the fact that it is not an automatic selection in the game XI when Jasprit Bumrah , Ishant Sharma & Mohammad Shami They are available for testing. That has not been considered for white ball cricket for almost two years, Umesh has been left with very little cricket throughout the year. I am now 32 years old. At my age, you need to keep playing to keep up. I know there is a workload management, but that works the other way for me, Umesh said after his networks on Saturday.

BCCI's robust workload management keeps a tab on its centrally contracted players & caps their appearances in domestic cricket. Umesh was asked to skip Vidarbha's opening Ranji match that followed the two-Test series against Bangladesh in November. "I played just five Tests last year. Then if I am not playing these (domestic) matches, it doesn't help me. Outside IPL, I literally have no cricket," he pointed out before mentioning that he is looking at a full county stint this year.

"I don't know why I am not considered for white-ball cricket. If you are looking for like-for-like replacements then even I can bowl fast & swing the ball at pace. Hopefully, I'll be able to turn things around this IPL," he said while reminding that he had 18 wickets in 2015 World Cup & done well in the two Champion Trophy campaigns in 2013 & 2017.

The problem for him is getting enough expenses to stay ready for international duty. He had to take the backseat in the last Vidarbha match to allow the spinners to force a result against Bengal. I don't have a fixed number of excesses in my mind. Even if you are worried about your own preparation, you have to consider the situation of the match. Whatever the situation requires, you must act accordingly.

The maturity in his bowling is there for everyone to see. The consistency in line & length coupled with his raw pace, Umesh has been lethal on the more benign pitches at home. However, he rues the fact that he doesn't get enough opportunities on helpful pitches in countries like England, South Africa, Australia & New Zealand. "You can't help that. Obviously, you feel bad while sitting outside. I haven't got many matches in these countries post 2013-14. I would love to bowl in these conditions now," Umesh said with a sheepish smile as he walked into the dressing room.

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