India news March 1, 2013

Yadav resumes training, likely to be ready by April


Umesh Yadav, the injured India fast bowler, has resumed training and is hoping to be ready to bowl at full pace in April. He began bowling off a few paces on February 25, and will get to 30-40% intensity next week. Yadav last played in November, in the Test against England, where he was the most impressive fast bowler from either side, and has been out of action since with a "stress reaction" of the back. He was thankful that it was detected, for it could have developed into a stress fracture had the workload continued.

"It's all better now," Yadav told ESPNcricinfo at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, where he is undergoing rehabilitation. "I started bowling this Monday, for the first time in one-and-a-half months. The pain is gone now; now I have to train again and gradually start bowling at 100%."

Yadav hasn't been given a certain time frame by which he can expect to be back in action. "Have just resumed training so it will take time," Yadav said. "It's not like I can start bowling immediately now that the pain is gone. Will have to take this slowly. Next week, I will start bowling in the ground, at 30-40%. Then we will decide how much more I should do in the week after that."

There had been a major concern that it was a stress fracture that kept Yadav out. This may not have been a stress fracture, but Yadav has endured one in the past, one that he successfully came out of three years ago. That recovery three years ago is reason to hope Yadav will not lose out on his pace when he does make his comeback.

"This was not a stress fracture," he said. "This was what we call a stress reaction, which happens with too much load on the back, but it is good we came to know of it early because if you keep adding onto it, it can result in a fracture too. That would have taken at least six months to recover from.

"I had a stress fracture three years ago, but I bowled at the same pace when I came back. It's more a mindset. My mindset has always been to do what comes naturally to me. I am not going to change my natural pace."

The last month and a half has been difficult for Yadav. "When a fast bowler is out of the ground, there is a different kind of pressure on the mind," he said. "You are watching others play, but you can't play. 'Oh no, why can't I play?' Then again it's important to train your mind to be patient. After an injury, it is important to control yourself when you have been asked not to do what you have always loved doing. Now also - even though I have been patient for this long - I need to take it gradually for another month or so."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • raj on March 3, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    IPL is a Indian cricketer's priority and indeed many international cricketer's - this is true but is it sad? Just like in yesteryears when cricket was an amateur sport, cricketers needed to work in order to earn a living - now the IPL is the 'real job'. It's fun, less physical stress and heaps more reward. It's easy for people to criticise a cricketer prioriting the IPL but put in their shoes 99% of us would do the same - some of us would not bother representing the country, at all! The BCCI should develop a payment formula whereby the riches of the IPL flow onto Ranji, Tests & indeed ODI reps - only then will we observe 100% commitment all around. Best of luck to Yadav - he is a bowler who still gives an honest effort when playing for the country. The likes of Ishant and Bhajji (although Ifeel he is changing) seem to have lost interest - they do want to be in the team but the team's success seems irrelevant to them!

  • Ram on March 2, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    IPL is the magic wand to heal all injuries.

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    At Last Recovery news. I think if he was present at the Kolkata Test then India would hav won tht match.

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    India need to have a good pool of atleast 25 players before next world cup. Yadav has a very good built up and good pace as well. He will be the key player for India, provided he is fit! BCCI needs to start planning right now for the WC.

  • Torsha on March 2, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    BCCI should resist Indian fast bowlers in playing full season of IPL.

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    The Article Must State "Umesh Yadav All Set for IPL Opening Match on 3rd April" to Be Precise !!

  • Amit on March 2, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Come IPL & all Indian players will be fit, varun Aaron, umesh Yadav, Irfan Pathan, Praveen kumar,

  • aditya on March 2, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    that could be a big relief for delhi daredevils...they desperately need him for irfan, aaron, morne morkel are still injured...aaron's ruled out of the ipl, mrokel is expectd to be fit just in the nick of time and there's no news on irfan...tough times for daredevils bowling camp...

  • Subba on March 2, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Hope he recovers quickly. A real quick bowler, more than a match for any international counterpart.

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    He needs to be managed well by India, does Yadav. He is their only hope of a very good fast bowler for the future. he shouldn't be playing a match every other day in the IPL and risk more injury to his back. India needs Umesh for tests, and that should remain the first priority. Of course, he shouldn't be completely barred from playing the IPL, for he needs the big money, but his load should be managed.

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