IPL 2022: I prefer setting small goals, says KKR pacer Umesh Yadav | Cricket News



KOLKATA: If the IPL has served as a platform for a number of future stars, it has also acted as the arena to stage a comeback for many. Former India pacer Umesh Yadav is the latest to join that brigade with his super show in the first half of the tournament so far.
Umesh, who last played white-ball cricket for India in February 2019 in a T20I match against Australia in Visakhapatnam, did not get enough opportunities to represent the country in the shortest format, playing only seven T20Is in his career. Even in the mega auction before this IPL, he initially went unsold till Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for Rs 2 crore.


But it has been a new-look Umesh this time firing on all cylinders and staying firmly in contention for the Purple Cap. The Vidarbha pacer has been able to create a buzz just months before the T20 World Cup which is coming up in Australia later this year. However, Umesh believes in taking small steps at a time.
“I haven’t thought that far (WC). It will all depend on the selectors and the team management,” he told TOI during an interaction. “India will play a number of white-ball matches before the mega event and I have to first make it to those squads and keep performing there. Of course the World Cup remains at the back of my mind, but as a cricketer I set small goals and try to achieve those in phases,” he added.


The pacer is getting matches in the IPL after 2020 when he got to play only two games for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was bought back by the Delhi Capitals, with whom he started his IPL journey in 2010, but was not given a chance to play.
“I always believed in keeping things simple. I have not done anything special, but have kept working on my weaknesses in between and focused on my strengths,” the 34-year-old said about his preparation in the run-up to this IPL.
“In IPL, you need to have a big heart as there is every possibility of being hit some day. But it’s important not to lose your focus and keep a strong mind,” he said.


Having Bharath Arun as KKR bowling coach is also helping the pacer this time. “Yes, we go a long way. He (Bharath) knows me well since I worked with him from 2009 when he was the NCA bowling coach. So our communication is easy and simple. As he knows my limitations it’s easier to plan with him,” Umesh stated.
The veteran pacer is happy to have Shreyas Iyer as his skipper. “I have a very well-defined role in the side. As Shreyas knows my game well he has faith in me and stays very relaxed with me. He just wants me to bowl to my strength and not worry about results. So far he is the best captain for me,” Umesh said.

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