Mohammed Shami and I must take more responsibility in ODIs, says Umesh Yadav

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Mohammed Shami and I must take more responsibility in ODIs, says Umesh Yadav

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Umesh Yadav believes that he along with Mohammed Shami should take more responsibility of bowling and perform better in ODIs. The Vidarbha pacer has also opined that new policy of rotation in the Indian cricket team has helped the pacers more as it gives time to manage the workload.

In the absence of the first-choice fast bowlers in the series - Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah - India made a rusty start in Bangalore with Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav. The lack of match practice showed as David Warner and Aaron Finch went out about aggressively setting the base for a humongous total. That opening stand proved to be the major difference between the teams in the end. Ahead of the final match of the ODI series, which will be played in Yadav’s hometown, Nagpur, he said that, along with Shami, he needs to take more responsibility for keeping things tight.

"The team's morale is good after the rare loss (in Bengaluru). I think we gave 15-20 runs extra. Shami and I played after a long time but we are senior players, we have to deliver on whatever the team needs from us. Shami and I have to take more responsibility in the death overs," said Umesh as quoted by PTI.

Yadav has played 34 Tests and 71 ODIs for India in which he has taken 94 and 102 wickets respectively. 

 "I like playing Tests more (than ODIs). You get time in the longest format to execute plans. You have different situations over the course of the five days so I like that challenge. It makes you more confident and accurate. I am happier playing Tests. In ODIs you don't get enough time to execute your plans fully. But at this stage of my career, I can't pick and choose. My thinking is that I should play in any format as long as I am getting the chance.

"If there are lots of Test matches, then you have to choose. But you can't say that you will play Tests only because there will be a time when there are not playing enough games in a season. What will you do in free time? Body needs match practice," he added.

Before the fourth ODI, he played his last ODI in July against West Indies, in which he claimed three wickets. Umesh also played the Test series against Sri Lanka but he did not feature in the playing XI that swept the One Day series against the Lankans. After mathematically winning the five matche ODI series 3-0 in Indore, India decided to rest Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Kuldeep Yadav and hand opportunities to Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, and Axar Patel in their place. This formed a part of India’s rotation policy that has been going on for quite sometime, keeping an eye on the 2019 World Cup in England. 

"It is good for the fast bowlers. If you play continuous Tests, it is a lot of load for the pacers. You are playing in sub-continent and it is very tough on the body. After that, it is hard for us to come back with the same intensity and play ODIs. So rest is a better option, it give you time to recover from niggles, that could otherwise keep you out of action for months.

"As a fast bowler, you should know much you need to bowl in the free time after a long series. You have to know your body. In the free time, I know how much I need to bowl and how my body is reacting," he said.

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