Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav will appear in the Irani Cup 2018 for Ranji Champions Vidarbha, who will be taking on the Rest of India team. The match begins on 14th March at the VCA Stadium, Nagpur.
Vidarbha selectors are tipped to retain the Ranji Trophy winning squad for this crucial encounter. Umesh picked up five wickets in three matches at an average of 26.80. His economy rate of 4.78 was the best among the top ten bowlers in the tournament. “It’s great to have him in the squad. Umesh has been bowling extremely well. He looks in good rhythm. His presence will boost our bowling attack,” sources in Vidarbha Cricket Association told TOI.
“It’s very difficult to have green wicket at this time. The temperature is already around mid 30s so it is unlikely to have much of movement off wicket. There will be grass on the wicket but it will be just to bind the wicket. After initial first hour, it should be a good batting wicket and might offer something to the spinners for the last two days,” sources said about the wicket at the VCA Stadium.
Rest of India team will be captained by Karun Nair and coached by WV Raman. India off-spinner R Ashwin is also named in the squad.