‘Can mostly pull my body for another two or three years’ – Umesh Yadav

The pacer will be going into the IPL after a long injury layoff

Indian pacer Umesh Yadav will be going into the IPL 2021 after a long injury layoff. The fast-bowler suffered an injury during the Boxing Day Test match between India and Australia in December 2020. Since then, he has been in rehab and has not played a single game for India.

During a recent interaction, the Vidarbha fast-bowler said that he can carry on playing at the highest level for the next two or three years. He also noted that the youngsters coming into the Indian team is healthy and will benefit the team even more.

“I am 33 now and I know that I can mostly pull my body for another two or three years, and there will be some youngsters who will be arriving (to play). I feel this is just healthy because it ultimately ends up benefiting the team,” Umesh told ESPNcricinfo.

During the interaction, Yadav also talked about how he had lesser injuries than several other pacers, which has allowed him to prolong his career. The 33-year-old pacer made his debut for India in 2011, along with Varun Aaron, whose career has been marred by injuries.

Yadav also made a point that the workload of the fast-bowlers should be managed properly by the team during a long tour which consists of four or five Tests.

“When you have five or six fast bowlers on a tour of four or five Tests, you can play each one of them for two games to help reduce their stress and workload, so it helps that pack (of fast bowlers) play for longer,” Yadav said.

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