Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav is one of those bowlers in the current setup, who makes it to the Test squad but often loses out on the spot at the playing eleven. He played one Test in New Zealand before which, Umesh Yadav tore through the Bangladeshi and South African batting line-up at home, having featured in place of Jasprit Bumrah. And he credits his mental strength for keeping himself in the reckoning despite the ups and downs.
Having made his international debut in 2011, the 32-year old has been more of Test prospect than limited-overs. Umesh’s death-bowling in white-ball cricket has come under the scanner, having played 82 limited-overs fixtures. As far as the most extended version goes, he has taken 144 scalps in 46 games at 30.47.
Coming to the time spent away from the 22-yard pitch, Umesh Yadav asserts that his mental strength makes a massive difference. The Vidharba-pacer isn’t much concerned about who gets the nod since anything is possible in this game. According to him, it all relies on grabbing and delivering when gifted opportunities.
“To be honest, I am really strong mentally and that makes a lot of difference. I don’t pay much heed to stuff like who is going to get a chance or whether I have to sit in the reserves. This is a game where anything is possible. A lot of factors go into it — form, conditions. It’s just about delivering and grabbing the given opportunities. So, I don’t think so much about other things.” Umesh said as quoted by Times of India.
During the times I am not playing, I just look forward towards working on my game: Umesh Yadav
The right-arm speedster further said that the time spent away from cricket is a boon in disguise since it gives him the chance to work on his game. Umesh went on to say he is working on his skills to be part of the white-ball team.
“I don’t look at myself being a victim. There are times when I have played and times when I have not played. During the times I am not playing, I just look forward towards working on my game. (I am) getting better at my skills and hopefully will be a part of white ball cricket.” he stated further.