The start of the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) season witnessed the resurgence of the 34-year-old star of India, who was once and for all an integral part of the Men in Blue himself until 2018 before being completely out of the battle hit and a place in the lost. 2019 ODI World Cup team. In remembrance of the great downfall in his white ball career, Kolkata Knight Riders new star Umesh Yadav admitted that he did not understand how quickly things changed around him after he finished 2015 ODI World Cup as the highest wicket- taker of India.
In eight games in the tournament, Umesh had picked up 18 wickets at 17.38 and with a strike rate of 21.4. He was India’s highest wicket-taker in the tournament and second overall to Trent Boult (22) and Mitchell Starc (22). It also remains the joint second-most by an Indian bowler in a single World Cup edition, tied alongside Roger Binny (18 wickets in 1983), and stands only behind Zaheer Khan’s number of 21 wickets in 2011 edition.
After that tournament, however, Umesh was seen in and out of the sidelines before losing his place in the ODI team and in the build-up to the 2019 World Cup, he barely came to the sidelines.
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Speaking to KKR about losing his place in India’s white ball team, Umesh said: “My real journey in white ball cricket began after 2014. I felt bad when I encountered this downfall in my career when I went in and out. India’s white was ball team. People suddenly started labeling me ‘he’s not a white baller’. And when that started to happen I felt like things could change so suddenly. At one point in my career I was the highest wicket-taker for the 2015 World Cup and then everything changed suddenly.
In 2018, after his sensational season with Royal Challengers Bangalore, Umesh made a T20I comeback six years after his make-up debut, but soon lost his place.
2022, however, has witnessed a new Umesh Yadav, who has already selected eight wickets for KKR in three games at an average of only 7.37 and with a strike rate of 9.
Umesh also looked back on his journey as a cricketer.
“From where I hear, there will be very few boys who believe they can play for India. Playing and dreaming about cricket was expensive for them. Kit, bat, pad, shoes, etc. you can do it “but not because you live in coal mines, your father goes to coal mines and does hard work. At that time I never thought I would play for India because it went beyond my imagination,” he said.