Umesh Yadav is the most experienced pacer in the present Test team but he hasn’t been able to fix his spot in the playing XI. The right-arm pacer is often on the bench and he was out of the playing XI in the first two Test matches against Australia as well. When available, Jasprit Bumrah leads the pace attack while Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj are ahead of Umesh in the pecking order.
Umesh has managed to keep his spot in the Test team but doesn’t feature regularly in the playing XI. Speaking to Cricbuzz, former India bowling coach Bharat Arun has revealed that Umesh used to get angry after being dropped from the playing XI.
Arun, who was part of the coaching staff headed by Ravi Shastri, added that Umesh would not speak to him after losing his spot. “There are many instances when Umesh was disappointed not being part of the team, especially after doing very well. But I had a lot of explaining because he approached me and asked, ‘Why have you dropped me? What wrong did I do?’ It was a very tough call because there are only that many fast bowlers you could play in terms of what they had done and their form, especially when Shami, Bumrah and Ishant were the fast bowlers with Hardik Pandya to chip in as the fourth fast bowler back when he was playing Test cricket. Umesh was bowling beautifully but was consistently being dropped,” Arun told Cricbuzz.
“Sometimes he would get so angry that he would not speak to me for a day, but then he would come to me and say I understand. Even when I speak to him, I say, ‘If you are not angry, there is something wrong with you. If it doesn’t happen, you are accepting things meekly.’ Umesh was magnificent and a perfect team man you would want to have on your side.”
Umesh only played three Test matches in 2021 while he played three Tests in 2022. He has played one Test in 2023 thus far. He is likely to retain his spot for the 4th Test match, to be played in Ahmedabad from March 1 to 5.
The right-arm pacer has 168 wickets in 55 Test matches. He hasn’t played an ODI since 2018 while his previous T20I appearance came before the 2022 T20 World Cup.