Kolkata Knight Riders bowler Tim Southee was all praise for his teammate Umesh Yadav, saying that he will do well for the Indian cricket team.
Kolkata Knight Riders bowler Tim Southee thinks that his teammate Umesh Yadav will do well for the Indian cricket team. Umesh almost went unsold in the IPL 2022 mega auction, and was picked up by KKR for a base price of Rs 2 crore.
The right-arm pacer was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2021, and picked up by Delhi Capitals for Rs 1 crore. The 34-year-old has taken 10 wickets with an impressive economy rate of 6.60 in 5 matches for KKR, which is the 2nd highest in the tournament so far, and is just one behind MI bowler Yuzvendra Chahal with 11. Umesh (62) has the highest number of dot balls as well.
Umesh Yadav’s spell (4-23) in KKR’s win against Punjab Kings at the Wankhede Stadium has been the best this season so far. Umesh ended that game taking 4 wickets, including a double wicket maiden, dismissing Harpreet Brar and Rahul Chahar in the process.
KKR bowler Tim Southee, who was teammates with Umesh during their time at RCB, was all praise for the right arm pacer, saying that he was fortunate enough to play alongside him.
“The way he’s been managed suits Umesh’s style of bowling. If he keeps performing the way he’s been doing I can’t see why he would not do well for India in T20 cricket,” he said.
Umesh Yadav has been instrumental for KKR during the powerplay, taking down the opposition’s top order early on. He was a part of the KKR team that won the IPL trophy back in 2014.
”He’s had a strong start to the tournament. To open the bowling with some of the great bowlers, and someone who you don’t usually get to deal with, that’s the beauty of this tournament. You are able to open the bowling with a very fine Indian fast bowler,’ Southee said.