Umesh reveals stress fracture scare

Back to the Test team after an injury layoff, the India pacer says he's got plans for South Africa.

Umesh YadavIn the modern era, playing mind games is a strategy used by cricketers across the world. Even before a series gets underway, players from both teams are involved in discussing the strategies they have unearthed to get into the skin of their opposition.

But India pacer Umesh Yadav begs to differ.

Speaking to Mail Today, Umesh said that even though he definitely has certain plans going into the high-voltage ODI and Test series against South Africa, he isn’t too comfortable talking about it.

"Every cricketer has certain things in mind as he prepares for a series and I am no different. I have played before in South Africa and have an idea about the kind of conditions that are on offer there. But I wouldn’t want to talk about my plans going into the series, except for the fact that I want to bowl well and win matches for my country.

"I want to let my bowling do the talking as I have seen many instances where players make tall claims and then fail and I definitely don’t want that (laughs)," he said.

Umesh was a regular in the Indian team before getting injured against England during the first Test at Ahmedabad in November 2012. While it was believed that he would be fit in 10 days, it took him till IPL VI to get back into action.

Umesh says that it was a serious back injury and could have resulted in a stress fracture if he had continued playing.

"To start off with, we thought that it was just a minor stiffness. But when we got the MRI scan done, we realised that continuing to play with it could cause serious damage. After that I underwent rehabilitation at the NCA and made sure that I was completely match-fit before making a comeback," the Vidarbha pacer said.

But his comeback to the Indian team wasn’t on the expected lines as he failed to do much in the Champions Trophy in England and the tri-series in the West Indies, following which he was dropped from the ODI team ahead of the series against Australia.

But Umesh isn’t complaining.

"I struggled in the Challenger Trophy and the selectors did the right thing. Actually, I didn’t get to train outdoors before the start of the season as there was a lot of rain and the grounds in Vidarbha were completely flooded.

"Also, I had some issues with my bowling and I sorted it out with my coach. After this, I played in the Ranji Trophy and was selected for the Test matches against the West Indies. Even during my time with the Indian team, I kept working on my bowling. And right now, I feel am at my peak and bowling how I would ideally want to," the 26-year-old said.

While he was a surety in the Test squad, there were doubts whether he would find a place in the ODI squad and Umesh is happy that he has made the cut for both teams.

"To be honest, Test cricket is the real test for any player. But I want to play in all the formats. I don’t believe in playing one format and sitting out in the other, so I am happy that the selectors have shown faith in my abilities," he signed off.

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