Umesh Wants To Make It Clear That He Is Also A White-ball Cricketer
With a strong showing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, experienced bowler Umesh Yadav hopes to make a comeback in India’s white-ball squads. This year, the 34-year-old will play for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who paid Rs 2 crore which is a base price for him in the blockbuster auction. Umesh last featured for India in a white-ball match in 2019. Ever since he is now out of consideration as India has unleashed one outstanding pace bowler after another.
Furthermore, the pacer has struggled in the previous few IPL seasons. Despite this, the right-arm bowler has been improving on his skills and is eager to return to white-ball cricket for India. He also feels that a strong performance in the IPL 2022 would win him a position in India’s T20 World Cup team, which will be held later this year in Australia.
Specifically, players are not tagged as red-ball or white-ball specialists: Umesh
“This is a great thing that happened to me that I joined KKR again. I am hoping to play as many games for KKR as possible and send out a message that I am a white-ball cricketer too. If I do well, I am sure the selectors will look at me and give me the chance once again in limited-overs cricket,” Umesh said in an Interaction.
Umesh went on to say that he wouldn’t want to be branded a red-ball expert and that he likes to show that he can also perform white-ball games too. “I am hopeful of making the cut for the T20 World Cup this year and next year’s ODI World Cup as well,” he added.
“We need opportunities and chances in white-ball cricket to perform. So, there won’t be any specific perception, and players are not tagged as red-ball or white-ball specialists. If you are not getting opportunities in white-ball cricket, how will you prove yourself?” he concluded.