Umesh Yadav has been through tough times: Dinesh Karthik

Umesh Yadav - Kolkata Knight Riders - KKR

Being consistent is not always the sole key to success in cricket. Sometimes, luck plays a crucial role. For bowlers, it has become increasingly challenging to survive in the Indian cricket team for a long time. A batter can often make it to the playing XI by displaying flexibility in the line-up. However, it’s not the case for bowlers in a Test line-up comprising Bumrah, Shami, and Ishant Sharma. The only way for a bowler to get a chance is when one of the three is injured. Umesh Yadav has been empathised by veteran India batter Dinesh Karthik, who claimed that he was always overlooked in the Indian side.


Speaking on Cricbuzz, DK said:

“You have to understand his roots. He is a coal miner’s son, tried being part of the police academy. That did not work out and then he went into fast bowling and his growth rate at that stage, from 2008, when he started playing for Vidarbha, he made it to the Indian team in 2010, that’s a growth fast rate. Then he kept going still a certain point and the plateaued. When it happens to any cricketer, you feel hard done by. He is no different and he must have felt sad.”

“When you have an attack like Bumrah and Shami, the third one was always between Ishant and Umesh and a lot other times it would be Ishant, Shami and Umesh. But when they played two medium pacers in India it became Ishant and Shami at times,”

DK further added.

DK acknowledged that Umesh was consistently overlooked in the Indian cricket team. Even though he would perform well when given the opportunity to play. Karthik sympathised with Yadav and said that it must have been difficult for him to cope with being consistently passed over for selection. Karthik then went on to recall how Yadav’s failure to secure a contract in the 2022 IPL mega auction was the lowest point in his career.

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