Former Indian wicket-keeper Saba Karim reveals the reason behind IPL franchises not going after Indian speedster Umesh Yadav in the recently concluded IPL auction 2021. Umesh Yadav is one of the senior bowlers in Indian cricket right now and has been quite effective in the longest format of the game. The 33-year-old has been represented in India in 48 Tests, 75 ODIs, and 7 T20 internationals picking up 148, 106, and 9 wickets respectively.
Umesh Yadav emerged into the scene in domestic cricket with his raw pace and made his debut in 2011. However, he has a knack of being expensive and hasn’t been able to be in control with his line and length. He was part of the historic Australian tour but managed to play only two tests as he picked up an injury. He is in line to be added to the Indian squad for the remaining two tests against England if he clears the fitness test in time.
Umesh Yadav’s Limited Overs Record Hasn’t Been Very Good Claims Saba Karim
Umesh Yadav though having a lot of international experience was sold for the base price of 1 crore to the Delhi Capitals which was really surprising. Saba Karim pointed out the downfall of Vidarbha lad in shorter formats as the reason behind teams going after foreign bowlers rather than an Indian experienced campaigner. He added that the franchises have done their homework for the auction.
“Umesh Yadav may be experienced but only in terms of Test matches, not in the shorter formats. Look at the Indian side’s composition in the shorter formats, you don’t see Umesh Yadav figuring regularly in the playing XI or even in the squad.
It obviously means that Umesh Yadav’s track record in the shorter formats hasn’t been very good. All the IPL franchises have done their homework and that is why they have shown more faith in overseas speedsters than any exciting domestic prospect or even an experienced Indian pacer like Umesh Yadav,” Saba Karim told Sportskeeda.
“Most Of The Franchises Have Opted For Overseas Professionals” – Saba Karim
Saba Karim mentioned that the talent scouts for the franchises haven’t found Indian pacers being ineffective while the youngsters from the Big Bash league have been good prospects for the future. The Australian pacers found to be a great attraction for the franchises as Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith went for a huge sum of money in the auction 2021.
“Out and out speedsters, most of the franchises have opted for overseas professionals [sic]. All these IPL franchises, their talent scouts have looked around, they have watched some of these T20s all over the world, including the Big Bash. From there, a lot of these overseas professionals have been bought by the IPL franchises.” Saba Karim told
Umesh Yadav had a good season for RCB in 2018 as he picked up 20 wickets and finished as the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the tournament.