IND vs AUS: “When I Joined KKR…”: India Star Digs Criticism Over T20I Selection


Umesh Yadav’s surprising inclusion in the India T20I Squad for Australia T20I Series has raised eyebrows. The pacer has replaced Shami who tested positive for Covid-19. Shami was expected to get a chance to prove his worth, but as of now, it looks like Umesh Yadav would seize the moment. Umesh has a fast pace and he is also quite deadly with the new ball in hand.

The pacer has only played 7 T2OIs and he last played against Australia in 2019. The pacer would be thrilled to be part of the squad at the 11th hour as not many people expected his name. Australians would be aware that he could be an asset to India.

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Umesh Yadav. Image: BCCI

Umesh Yadav on critics

In conversation with Vimal Kumar, the pacesetter was quite vocal. “I did not play white ball cricket after playing for RCB in IPL 2020. I did well, practiced well, but I didn’t get the chance. Uske Pehle kisiko pata hi nehi tha (Nobody knew how I did in the nets).

“Everyone got to see how well I did when I got a chance at KKR in IPL 2022. People understood that I wasn’t just relaxing in the low season,” he said.

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Watch: Umesh Yadav’s Conversation with Vimal Kumar

Umesh Yadav is a strong contender

People like Bumrah & Bhuvneshwar would undoubtedly pose a threat. If Umesh Yadav gets a wink, the power play phase would be devastating. We have all seen in IPL 2022 that Umesh has good control over his line and length. The Men in Blue have a habit of coming up with surprises and who knows, Umesh Harshal Patel might pimp.

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Umesh Yadav (Image Credit: Twitter)
Umesh Yadav (Image Credit: Twitter)

Harshal Patel is on the eve of a comeback with the national team after an injury period. There is one drawback to Umesh, which is that he takes a lot of hits, which is not good in the death-overs.

Due to the death overs, Harshal may keep his spot on the team. Management would be aware that Bhuvneshwar Kumar cannot bowl 2 overs to death after seeing his poor performance in 2022 Asia Cup.

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