IPL 2017: Umesh Yadav set to play KXIP match, joins KKR camp

Indian pacer Umesh Yadav is all set to return to the cricket field as he will be playing in the next match for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) when they take on the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at home on 13th April.

“Umesh Yadav is all geared up to make a thumping start in IPL,” posted KKR along with a picture of his work-out and he himself tweeted: “Ami KKR… First day with my team training time.”

The pacer missed the first two KKR matches due to right hip and lower back soreness after a long and tiring home season where he played 12 of the 13 Tests.

Umesh Yadav was instrumental in India’s huge success in the home season as he provided important breakthroughs and picked up 35 wickets with an average of 34.68 and an economy rate of 2.87 on most spin friendly conditions.

He has improved tremendously since November 2015 as his economy has improved by 33% in the last 15 test matches. The accuracy has improved tremendously, and he has achieved it without sacrificing speed. While still clocking speeds of around 140kph, he has consistently been on target. The maiden overs tally has jumped up too, from 54 before November 2015 to 95. The strike rate isn’t as good, but that is partly due to the catches dropped off his bowling this season.

He being fit comes in as tremendous news for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as they really need a good fast bowler in their ranks right now after the horrific show in their last game vs the Mumbai Indians (MI) in which they conceded more than 60 runs in the last 4 overs to lose the match.