Author: Abhishek Rajan
The Indian speedster Umesh Yadav doesn’t think that he needs any workload management. Umesh, if anything wants more workload as he is of the view that he is not playing as much cricket as he should have been playing at this stage of his career.
Umesh is not one of India’s preferred bowlers in white ball formats of the game. He is in and around the Test set-up, but he is not the first choice option even in Test cricket overseas.
It’s only when India play Test matches at home on low and slow pitches, Umesh comes into the picture as he is a skiddy bowler and is ideally suited for subcontinent conditions.
According to Umesh, if the selectors don’t give him a go in limited-over formats at some stage this year, he will have no cricket to play at all, apart from the IPL because the next Test series India are scheduled to play is in November which is 10 months away.
“If you look at my record, I played four Tests last year (2019) and before that another four in 2018. In white ball, I played only one game last year. At this age, the more I bowl, the better I will get.” Umesh was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India (PTI).
The Indian pacer revealed that he could have played county cricket last season as Gloucestershire had approached him for seven games, but he turned down the offer because he knew BCCI wouldn’t have let him go for that many games keeping the workload in mind.
“I got a county offer last season (from Gloucestershire). They wanted me to play seven games but the BCCI workload management policy doesn’t allow me to play more than two or three games.” Umesh added.
Umesh last played a T20 international for India against Australia in February 2019, while his last ODI appearance came even before that in October 2018 against West Indies. The 32-year old has taken 106 wickets in 75 ODIs and 9 wickets in 7 T20Is he has played so far.
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