India news March 1, 2013

Yadav resumes training, likely to be ready by April

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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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  • Johnny_129 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!

  • ansram on March 2, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    IPL is the magic wand to heal all injuries.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 !!

  • AK1318 on March 2, 2013, 6:30 GMT

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

  • aditya.continous 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...

  • Aussasinator on March 2, 2013, 4:28 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • Johnny_129 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!

  • ansram on March 2, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    IPL is the magic wand to heal all injuries.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 !!

  • AK1318 on March 2, 2013, 6:30 GMT

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

  • aditya.continous 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...

  • Aussasinator on March 2, 2013, 4:28 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on March 1, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Yep, ready in time for IPL.

  • on March 1, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    APRIL means IPL.... please save him for matches that are more meaningful for our nation.

  • mmmuthukumar on March 1, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    We need all these pacers only for overseas tours. Let them play IPL, sit back and enjoy. We will take them by handfull to SA WI and NZ starting later this year

  • praneethtz on March 1, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    He is a key bowler for us..so i think BCCI shld becum smarter and keep aside bowlers like umesh and varon for test matches.As we lack pacers of such pace we need them in when we visit abroad and also in India.we have seen wat umesh did in 1st test agaisnt england..so stop being commercial and act smart like england and aus do..how they preserve their fast bowlers for important tours

  • InsideHedge on March 1, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Umesh Yadav was head and shoulders the best bowler at Abad in the 1st Test against England, what really impressed me was not the speed that Indian fans obsess about but the reverse swing he was generating at a healthy pace. As an Indian fan, all I want from our bowlers is wickets, I really don't care how fast they bowl. Not asking for much! Speedy recovery, Umesh.

  • Sir.Ivor on March 1, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    I wish this wonderful fast bowler a speedy return to full fitness. I have never seen anyone bowl so fast with such little effort in recent times.

  • on March 1, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    so he will be playing in ipl... hope he vl b fit fr the champions trophy and sa tour...

  • tanstell87 on March 1, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    India need Umesh Yadav-Varun Aaron-Shami Ahmed-Bhuvneshwar Kumar fit for South Africa series in December 2013,in New Zealand in Feb 2014,in England in July 2014, in Australia in December 2014 & finally in World Cup 2015.

  • cricketanand12 on March 1, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    He is the world's fastest bowelr now...no any other bowler even australians ,south africans bowl 150kph 2 or 3 times in an over...he bowl at 152-153 for several times in austalia...not less than 15-20 times....bhuvaneshwar can swing either ways and may be indian philander...he needs pitches which support him...bangalore was the best place in india for him to make debut...and he will trouble sa batsman...i hope pankaj singh also gets a chance bcoz he is tall..quick...move the bowl both ways and bowls 135k + for hours..the main problem is how we will face worlds best bowlers...morkel ,steyn is no problem for india now..kohli,viru,gambhir,dhoni,sachin,raina ,pujara can face....bt philander is main concern bcoz he indians are not habituated to play swing bowling..

  • QingdaoXI on March 1, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    So hw will be fully fit by the time IPL begins, he should take maximum time to be fit and dont play IPL if he is not fully fit. If he still wants to play it he can play in the second half of the tournamnet. As he is man who will play his important role in South Africa, New Zealand and England in next away series. he has to take the responsibility to lead the Indian Attack. indian management should also look after Aaroon fitness as he will be also one of the important bowlers among the fast bowling group. Indian should Built fast bowling Unit with Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Shami Ahmed, Abu Nechim and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.

  • on March 1, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    A very awesome news that Umesh Yadav is fit & started practice once again. I don't want to see his pace got down in future because I saw many of Indian bowlers who started their careers with good brisk pace and then after injury they drop down their paces & starting bowling with line length for long career.Similar for the Varun Aron who is also a prime bowler for India in future.I think those bowlers Umesh Yadav ,Bhuvneshwar ,Ishant,Varun aron are going to be prime bowlers for India's tour South Africa.

  • on March 1, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Ind need Umesh Yadav badly against SA. He can bowl consistently 140+ and does reach 148 kmph unlike other Indian pacers who rarely touch 140.

  • Meety on March 1, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    @ deb-61 on (March 1, 2013, 11:52 GMT) - I rate Praveen Kumar, often wondered how the tour of England would of panned out had he & Zaheer been in tandem. This is a bloke with a world class average of 26 & he didn't just dine out on weak teams, he has a sub 30 average v England. It could be argued his average is low as he hasn't played a home test?

  • 30-30-150 on March 1, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    He should concentrate on his fitness by limiting involvement in the IPL and CLT20. He can be a long-term leader of the Indian attack with his pace and accuracy, especially on overseas tours.

  • on March 1, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    I would like to see Abu Nechim being groomed to partner Umesh Yadav and Bhuvaneshwar kumar for South Africa, with the allrounder's slot being filled by a certain Irfan pathan. both Nechim and Yadav can provide subtle swing with good pace and with Kumar, there is good chance that the South Africans will find this curry too hot to digest. Giving the new ball to Kumar and Pathan from both the ends can yield rich results for us in South Africa. Then again, it depends whether the selectors fall back on Zaheer Khan again for the tour. I have to admit that the above mentioned names are only replacement for a fit and incisive Zaheer, but his present state of fitness and wickets column don't inspire enough confidence to see him sharing the new ball in South Africa.

  • whocareswhowins on March 1, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Indai need a fit (and fast) Umesh Yadav to compete with SA / Aus / Eng in away series (and also at home). But we cannot be reliant on one quality fast man. Ishant is a brain-dead bowler. He is totally one-dimensional and ever-so-predictable. Bhuvaneswar K lacks pace, though he could still do well. Dinda is not Test class. What happened to Varun Aaron ? Is he injured ? We need a back-up quality fast man with Yadav, esp now that we no longer have any world-class spinners.

  • phunny_game on March 1, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    April... ofcourse... the IPL... I hope he doesn't get injured before the SA tour while playing there. Delhi daredevils have a lot of fast bowlers... The Indian team doesn't...!!!

  • Meety on March 1, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Happy to hear he is on the comeback trail. I really like this kid. Would of loved to see him play against Oz - (but I also wouldn't if you know what I mean). I hope he stays fast & not tries to be a medium trundler. India need this guy when they tour overseas, they need him to be 100% fit & committed to bowling 145kph+!

  • thegreatkeeper on March 1, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    India's hopes of a competitive series in SA lie solely on the strong shoulders of Umesh.He has the pace and movement to succeed in the pacer-friendly pitches there.If he can pick up 2-3 five wicket hauls,I see no reason why India can't challenge SA, even in their own backyard.

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  • thegreatkeeper on March 1, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    India's hopes of a competitive series in SA lie solely on the strong shoulders of Umesh.He has the pace and movement to succeed in the pacer-friendly pitches there.If he can pick up 2-3 five wicket hauls,I see no reason why India can't challenge SA, even in their own backyard.

  • Meety on March 1, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Happy to hear he is on the comeback trail. I really like this kid. Would of loved to see him play against Oz - (but I also wouldn't if you know what I mean). I hope he stays fast & not tries to be a medium trundler. India need this guy when they tour overseas, they need him to be 100% fit & committed to bowling 145kph+!

  • phunny_game on March 1, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    April... ofcourse... the IPL... I hope he doesn't get injured before the SA tour while playing there. Delhi daredevils have a lot of fast bowlers... The Indian team doesn't...!!!

  • whocareswhowins on March 1, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Indai need a fit (and fast) Umesh Yadav to compete with SA / Aus / Eng in away series (and also at home). But we cannot be reliant on one quality fast man. Ishant is a brain-dead bowler. He is totally one-dimensional and ever-so-predictable. Bhuvaneswar K lacks pace, though he could still do well. Dinda is not Test class. What happened to Varun Aaron ? Is he injured ? We need a back-up quality fast man with Yadav, esp now that we no longer have any world-class spinners.

  • on March 1, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    I would like to see Abu Nechim being groomed to partner Umesh Yadav and Bhuvaneshwar kumar for South Africa, with the allrounder's slot being filled by a certain Irfan pathan. both Nechim and Yadav can provide subtle swing with good pace and with Kumar, there is good chance that the South Africans will find this curry too hot to digest. Giving the new ball to Kumar and Pathan from both the ends can yield rich results for us in South Africa. Then again, it depends whether the selectors fall back on Zaheer Khan again for the tour. I have to admit that the above mentioned names are only replacement for a fit and incisive Zaheer, but his present state of fitness and wickets column don't inspire enough confidence to see him sharing the new ball in South Africa.

  • 30-30-150 on March 1, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    He should concentrate on his fitness by limiting involvement in the IPL and CLT20. He can be a long-term leader of the Indian attack with his pace and accuracy, especially on overseas tours.

  • Meety on March 1, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    @ deb-61 on (March 1, 2013, 11:52 GMT) - I rate Praveen Kumar, often wondered how the tour of England would of panned out had he & Zaheer been in tandem. This is a bloke with a world class average of 26 & he didn't just dine out on weak teams, he has a sub 30 average v England. It could be argued his average is low as he hasn't played a home test?

  • on March 1, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Ind need Umesh Yadav badly against SA. He can bowl consistently 140+ and does reach 148 kmph unlike other Indian pacers who rarely touch 140.

  • on March 1, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    A very awesome news that Umesh Yadav is fit & started practice once again. I don't want to see his pace got down in future because I saw many of Indian bowlers who started their careers with good brisk pace and then after injury they drop down their paces & starting bowling with line length for long career.Similar for the Varun Aron who is also a prime bowler for India in future.I think those bowlers Umesh Yadav ,Bhuvneshwar ,Ishant,Varun aron are going to be prime bowlers for India's tour South Africa.

  • QingdaoXI on March 1, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    So hw will be fully fit by the time IPL begins, he should take maximum time to be fit and dont play IPL if he is not fully fit. If he still wants to play it he can play in the second half of the tournamnet. As he is man who will play his important role in South Africa, New Zealand and England in next away series. he has to take the responsibility to lead the Indian Attack. indian management should also look after Aaroon fitness as he will be also one of the important bowlers among the fast bowling group. Indian should Built fast bowling Unit with Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Shami Ahmed, Abu Nechim and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.