Umesh Yadav was an immature and inconsistent fast bowler at the beginning of India’s home season and has came out of it as an absolute gem. He made the ball talk like has never before and made himself indispensable to the Indian bowling attack.
With the completion of the test series against Australia and the beginning of IPL 10 just 8 days apart and the commencement of Champions Trophy just after the ending of IPL, BCCI has been careful about managing the workload of some of India’s pivotal players. Under the scheme, BCCI asked Umesh Yadav to skip the first few matches for his IPL franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders.
But the team management of KKR has not heard anything about their star fast bowler. The CEO of KKR, Venky Mysore has said, “There is nothing I have heard. Until we hear something official from BCCI/IPL, there is nothing I can comment. If there is any truth to the statement, it will come out soon.”
The concern for the fast bowler is understandable since Umesh Yadav has had an infamously rich history of injuries. But former Indian fast pacer and one of India’s greatest fast bowlers till date, Zaheer Khan thinks that Umesh should continue playing in order to maintain his rhythm. He said, “You don't have control over injuries. When you are in rhythm, you can maintain workload. someone like Umesh, he is not going to realize when 20 overs have gone by.”
On the other hand, if Umesh is rested, KKR has all the bases covered in terms of team composition. “But should he be rested, the good news is that we have our bases covered.” Venky told reporters.
Except Venky’s statement, KKR will still miss the Vidarbha Express given that his absence might create a headache for KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir to fit in both overseas fast bowlers, Trent Boult and Chris Woakes in the playing XI.
KKR will begin their campaign against Gujarat Lions in their (E)den on 7th April