Amidst claims of lack of clarity on decisions impacting them, from Karun Nair and Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav has said that he has never had any communication problems with the current selection committee of the BCCI.
Umesh, who has featured quite irregularly across all formats of the game this year despite having improved a lot as a bowler in the last few years, talked about the speculative issue raised by both Karun and Vijay recently.
When asked whether he gets the right input from the selectors or not, in an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Umesh Yadav said, "Definitely, So that communication is there. Like, in England, I played the first Test. In the second Test, they felt they should play a spinner, but with the rain, all plans were changed." he added, "Nobody can do anything about it. Their decision went a little bit wrong. Still, they had told me, 'It's not that we are dropping you, Umesh. But our thinking and planning is for an extra spinner, that's it.'"
"Then, when Bumrah got fit, he was coming in after already having done well in South Africa. And in the first match, Ishant (Sharma) and (Mohammed) Shami had performed well, so they had to get the nod [ahead of me]. Then they kept doing well, so I also knew that it would be difficult to get a chance." he further said, "I couldn't even say, "I should get a chance", because the guys were taking 20 wickets in every match. I knew I would have to wait for my chance. After playing for a few years, I have that much honesty and awareness to know when I should get a chance and when I shouldn't."
Umesh also said that he doesn't complain much about being dropped because the reasons given to him for it are justifiably in line with the team balance, which largely depends on the conditions and opponents.
He said, "Sometimes the team combination is such that you have to sit out, The selectors and our management committee also wouldn't want me to sit out. They know Umesh is bowling well, so they also feel bad telling me that I have to sit out. But if your team combination doesn't sit right, then it will be an even bigger problem. I can't complain. I have also got lots of chances, I've played lots of Tests continuously."
"Yes, the hope is always there that if you have done well in India, you get a chance outside, where you have better opportunities to take wickets. But that chance has gone now and I can't do anything about it." Umesh further added and signed off with, "Now I need to give such strong performances when I get the opportunity that people will have to think that I have to play."
(Inputs from Cricket Next)