Umesh Yadav played one of 13-Test series of 2016-17. He was one of the most improved performers in India in 5-day format, an important part of their growth to the top of Test rankings. The charging home stretch came after ODI series in Windies and Champions Trophy campaign took a toll as Umesh usually bowled in Sri Lanka Tests in him.
Subsequently, he was rested by the team selectors for the limited-over leg of Sri Lanka match series before getting them back against Australia on the home series. Umesh made a comeback to XI just in 4th ODI at Bangalore after winning the series when Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar could be on rest.
In Bangalore, Umesh was literally under-cooked, despite taking four wickets. The cost of his 10 overs was 71 runs from India and a risk to give away the score up to 330 to Australia. The 29-year old player keeps in mind that he may not be the first player to be selected in 50-over format and is satisfied to evolve as an expert in Test matches.
Umsh added on Nagpur ODI evening, “One-dayers are normal for me. I prefer Test cricket more. It is because it feels nice to play Test as you have time. You can play in different situations and I love such challenges. I understand the fact that pitches are the way different and you may want to get wickets on different surfaces. When it comes to take wickets, you can also increase your confidence and you get more accurate. You know how to bowl on various wickets. I would love to play Test matches.”
“You have less time in one-dayers. You work hard and give 100% but you still… It’s good for us if we try our hands on both formats. If I try both formats, I understand it will be fine. I am on that stage where I need to play cricket more and more. On that, I should not regret later and I would want to play all formats.”
Umesh is not going to divert all focus on his Test matches, as he said before. The fast bowler keeps in mind that the existing schedule of foreign Tests is all set to start with tour of India to South Africa in January and India is willing to play a glut of games of limited overs in preparing for World Cup 2019. Then, those games could also have more effect of connecting the bowlers ahead of other commitments in Test. Umesh, in those circumstances wants to make informed decision on the series he wants to take part in.
Umesh added, “If you have plenty of Tests to play all the year round and playing up to 15 to 20 Tests in a year, it’s time to take a call on the format you like. But it is not possible to play just Tests. If you don’t have enough Tests in a year, you cannot do anything much all the year round.”