Vastavam web: India speedster Umesh Yadav on Saturday admitted that being a senior bowler he needs to perform better in the death overs if he has to consistently feature in the playing XI in the limited overs cricket.The 29-year-old is a much improved Test bowler than what he was a season ago but along with Mohammad Shami, he has fallen behind in the limited overs pecking order with Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuneshwar Kumar being the first choice pacers in the ongoing series against Australia.
Yadav, speaking to media ahead of the fifth and final ODI, made no bones about his preference to play Tests before saying that he must improve in the other two formats.”The team’s morale is good after the rare loss (in Bengaluru). I think we gave 15-20 runs extra. Shami and I played after a long time but we are senior players, we have to deliver on whatever the team needs from us. Shami and I have to take more responsibility in the death overs, said Yadav.
“In ODIs you don t get enough time to execute your plans fully. But at this stage of my career, I can t pick and choose. My thinking is that I should play in any format as long as I am getting the chance. Yadav said pick and choose over formats is only reasonable when the team is playing at least 15 to 20 Tests in a season.”If there are lots of Test matches, then you have to choose. But you can t say that you will play Tests only because there will be a time when there are not playing enough games in a season. What will you do in free time? Body needs match practice.”
“It is good for the fast bowlers. If you play continuous Tests, it is a lot of load for the pacers. You are playing in sub-continent and it is very tough on the body. After that, it is hard for us to come back with the same intensity and play ODIs. So rest is a better option, it give you time to recover from niggles, that could otherwise keep you out of action for months, he said.He added that knowing your body well holds key to staying injury-free for a longer duration.