Former India pacer Zaheer Khan has asserted that Umesh Yadav has done tremendous contribution India's successful home Test season of 13 Tests. He also suggested that playing more and more matches will help Yadav to maintain proper workload during training sessions.
During a chat with media persons, Zaheer said, "In India's home season, spinners played the main role but the supporting role of fast bowlers was tremendous. When you play bowlers, who are consistently clocking 140 kmph, you get some benefits. Umesh has had a tremendous season as he can reverse the ball. When the ball gets old, you need bowlers who have the pace to reverse the ball.”
When asked about Umesh’s workload during the home season where he bowled 356 overs, Zaheer replied, "You don't have control over injuries. All you can do is preparing as best as you can for the matches. Personally, when I was playing, I preferred to play more and more matches.”
He further elaborated, "When you are in rhythm, you can maintain workload during practice and look at that -- someone like Umesh, he is not going to realize when 20 overs have gone by. That's the beauty of bowling fitness. With all bowlers playing Test matches and some level of cricket, it is easier in terms of bowling fitness. So more you bowl, better you will get. I always endorse match practice is best practice.”
Zaheer will be leading the Delhi Daredevils team is the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League and he feels that this year their batting line-up is more experienced as compared to the previous one. He is hoping that the players like Karun Nair and Shreyas Iyer will surely be compensating for the loss of JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock.
Talking about the same, Zaheer said, "We have always believed in youngsters and kind of potential they had. For someone like Karun Nair, who has a triple centurion and Shreyas Iyer, who is now a part of the Test team. These youngsters are no longer youngsters. They are seasoned campaigners with some experience. Our squad is settled. We are sitting pretty despite JP and Quinton are not going to available for this season.”