India news March 26, 2013

Umesh Yadav returns to action in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

ESPNcricinfo staff

Umesh Yadav, the India fast bowler, will return to competitive cricket when he takes the field for Vidarbha in a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match against Odisha on Thursday in Indore. He last played for India in the Ahmedabad Test in November 2012 before a stress reaction of the back sidelined him. Yadav said he will be selective and will manage his workload in the IPL that follows.

"This will be my first competitive game in four months," Yadav told PTI. "Irrespective of the amount of effort you put in at the nets, there is no substitute to match practice. Tomorrow, I will get an idea about how I am shaping up. I am planning to play all the group league games, which are on successive days, which will provide me with an idea as to how my body is holding up."

Yadav also said he will take it easy during the IPL and will monitor his workload properly, lest he puts his back under too much pressure too soon. "I have fully recovered from my lower-back injury. I will be available from the first match for Delhi Daredevils, but considering the number of matches and the amount of travel involved, I need to be careful about the workload and will speak to the coaches regarding that." The Daredevils play their first match on April 3.

Yadav resumed bowling in the first week of March, and has been under the supervision of the specialists at the National Cricket Academy. "I didn't want to rush my comeback," Yadav said. "When I first started bowling, it was off a four-step run-up. Gradually, I increased it to eight steps, and from there to 12 steps. Now I am bowling with my full run-up, which is 16 steps."

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  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    for DD this IPL starting not good firstly Varun Aaron injury then big shock come as Kevin Pietersen injury then jesse ryder accident these all make IPL more harder for DD according me best DD team is 1)viru 2)D Warner 3)M Jayawardene 4)Unmukt Chand 5)Yogesh Nagar/V Rao 6)Ojha/M Gutam 7)J Mendis 8)I Pathan 9)M Morkel/J Botha 10)A Nehra 11)U Yadev

  • Tony on March 29, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    I think Team India, needs to re look very seriously about the team combination for South Africa. I would like to believe that , if they do well in SA, we can forgive them for England series loss. I think Sachin has to play. My team would be 1. M Vijay 2. Gambhir 3. Pujara 4. Sachin 5. Dhawan 6. Dhoni 7. B Kumar 8. Ashwin 9. Ishant 10. Zaheer 11. Umesh yadav.

    Reserves : Rahane, yuvraj, Shami Ahmed, Jadeja, H Singh

  • Swapnil on March 29, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    cant play two spinners and 5 specialist batsman in s.a

  • Suren on March 28, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    My Team for SA:1)Unmukt Chand2)Vijay3)Pujara4)Tendulkar5)Kohli6)Dhoni7)Jadeja9)Zaheer10)Umesh Yadav11)Buvaneshwar Kumar 12`th Man: Ashwin 13) Dhawan14)Rahane 15)Ambati Rayudu16)Varun Aaron17)Ohja. If for any reasons one of the openers are injured I will pick from Gauthi/Sehwag .... for middle order injuries Rohit Sharma/Manoj Tiwary ... my replacements for bowling injuries would be Shami Ahmed/Ishant Sharma

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    My Test team for south africa 1)viru2)dhawan3)gambhir4)pujara5)kholi6)dhoni7)irfan8)Ashwin9)ojha 10)Zaheer11)Bhuneshwar in backup there should be1)Jadeja 2) rahane 3)Ishant 4)Manoj Tiwary 5)Umesh yadev this team if sachin not played

  • Rohan on March 28, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    its funny how everybody is becoming fit to play IPL..............

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Hi Naga,

    After a long time i have seen a team selected on the pure merit basis & according to the condition. Well done some selector have seen this list.

  • street on March 28, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    @Shaik Salaudin, completely agree with u. Also dhoni is not a good bowler friendly captain and also most of the indian pitches are spin friendly. That could be the reason umesh is not hurry(as per umesh's statement above) in return. Ofcourse more importantly ipl is a commercial factor now a days.

  • David on March 28, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    @Nagaraju Pallasetty mate good team but Zaheer is too old to play for India i reckon. Instead, Ishwar pandey or Shami are better options.

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    What a comeback! 5 wickets in 15 balls.

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