Royal Challengers Bangalore wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel feels that Umesh Yadav’s selection to India’s limited-overs squads for their upcoming tour of England is a good one, given how the 30-year-old fast bowler has performed in the ongoing 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“He (Umesh) is bowling brilliantly. He was India’s best bowler in their last home season. And this IPL, he has been magnificent and has been rewarded with a place in the ODI and T20I squads for England tour. It’s a well-deserved selection. He is thinking right and is executing his plans to perfection,” said Parthiv after Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 10-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab at the Holkar Stadium here on Monday.
A fired-up Umesh got the better of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle with short deliveries and the rest of KXIP’s batting line-up couldn’t punch above its weight as the hosts were bowled out for 88 in 15.1 overs. Umesh also took the wicket of Andrew Tye to finish with figures of 3/23. Overall, he has taken 17 wickets from 12 games in IPL 2018.
While his omission from India’s limited-overs series against Sri Lanka in December 2017 and South Africa earlier this year was baffling, it seems Umesh’s show in the cash-rich league has brought him back into the thick of things, as far as India’s ODI set-up is concerned and with the World Cup just a year away, his experience would be a boon for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur and Siddarth Kaul.
In 71 ODIs, Umesh has taken 102 wickets with four 4-wicket hauls.
All about momentum
After Umesh’s brilliance, RCB openers Parthiv and skipper Virat Kohli hit some sizzling shots as the visitors won the game with 11.5 overs remaining which in turn also boosted their Net Run Rate (-0.261 to 0.218). They now need to win their remaining two matches and hope that Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders and KXIP don’t win more than one match.
“This tournament is all about momentum. A couple of wins and you are back on track. Say two games before, we (RCB) weren’t in a good shape but we have fought hard and I’m confident we’ll do well in the rest of our games,” Parthiv expressed.
Asked about his own batting form, Parthiv, who has scored 119 runs in four games including a half-century, said: “I feel that I’m in a good space. I have stuck to my natural game. Every time I have tried to slog in the past, I’ve gotten out. I strongly believe I can hit boundaries by playing normal cricketing shots.”