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I will be judicious in choosing IPL games: Yadav

India’s fastest bowler Umesh Yadav is fit and raring to unleash his thunderbolts again but he wants to be careful about the workload his body can take during the sixth edition of IPL. ‘I have been bowling in the nets for a month now and I have fully recovered from my lower-back injury. I will be available from the first match for Delhi Daredevils. But considering the number of matches and the amount of travel involved, I need to be careful about the workload and will speak to the coaches regarding that,’ the Vidarbha said.

Umesh, whose last competitive game was a Test match against England at Motera, will make a comeback for Vidarbha tomorrow in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 game against Odisha. ‘This will be my first competitive game in four months. Irrespective of the amount of effort you put in at the nets, there is no substitute to match-practice. Tomorrow, I will get an idea about how I am shaping up. I am planning to play all the group league games which are on successive days which will provide me with an idea as to how my body is holding up,’ said Umesh, who has so far taken 32 wickets from nine Tests.

Will this injury mean compromising with pace, he retorted, ‘I have not learnt the art of reducing my pace! There is absolutely no question on cutting down on my pace. Pace is something that comes naturally. I didn’t want to rush my comeback. When I first started bowling, it was four-step run-up. Gradually, I increased it to eight steps and from there to 12 steps. Now I am bowling with my full run-up which is 16 steps.’
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