Team India pacer Umesh Yadav has opened on his budding days in cricket and revealed that he got hold of the seasoned ball very late in his career. Yadav said that he had watched the seasoned cricket balls only on the TV.
The 32-year-old added that he dad a belief in him that he was destined to do something big. Luckily, someone noticed the deadly yorkers of Umesh Yadav and the opportunity of windows started opening for him.
“I thought the ball (seasoned ball) looks same, people play with this also. When I entered the ground someone noticed my fast Yorkers and then the secretary gave me an offer to play district cricket for Nagpur. I took 8 wickets and they called me for a summer camp. On the first day of the camp, the coach asked my that where were my cricketing shoes. He said that ‘you don’t have shoes you have come here, you guys call anyone, he doesn’t even know about spikes shoes’. I felt really bad and also thought of leaving cricket all together,” Umesh told Cricbuzz
The Nagpur-born was consoled and supported by his friends and asked not to pay heed to such comments. Umesh Yadav worked harder and then finally a day came when he was set to play against stalwarts Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in a Duleep Trophy game. Umesh was excited on the thought of playing in Duleep Trophy but when he got the squad information of South Zone he was terrified.
“When I went to play the Duleep Trophy match and got to know the team I would be playing against and I would be bowling against the likes of Dravid and Laxman – I was terrified. I said ‘bacche ki jaan loge kya (will you kill the small kid’. I had never imagined that I would bowl such a fine spell under such a pressure situation. I took a 5-wicket haul for South Zone and I got the big wickets of Dravid and Laxman. That gave me immense confidence,” Umesh Yadav recalled.
Umesh Yadav, who regularly travels with the Indian Test team, also talked about his childhood and revealed that he was a naughty kid. The mischievous acts included not sleeping at night and stealing mangoes from the orchards.
“I was so naughty in my childhood that I wouldn’t sleep at nights. I used to go the orchards and steal mangoes. Yes, I was naughty, but just like others, even that little boy (addressing himself) had dreams of his own. He had a belief that he could achieve something big.”
It’s a known fact that Umesh Yadav’s belongs from a more than humble background. His story is a perfect example of rags to riches or a story in which a small town boy goes on to achieve big things in his life. But that success is not achievable without extreme hard work and sacrifices. Umesh Yadav had his shares of struggle while growing up.
“I wouldn’t get money from home but I had to buy spikes, a bat, pads and other things. Where would I get the money from? So, I used to play three matches in a day in the scorching heat. It didn’t matter how hot the conditions in Nagpur were, I used to play and that period I believe was was a struggle for me,” Umesh asserted.
Umesh Yadav is known for his high-speed bowling and massive bat swings during his batting cameos but no one really thinks of him as a philosophical person. Umesh Yadav, who has scalped 259 wickets for India, said that he is not scared of future failures. The reason he gave for the same was just perfect.
“A person who climbs to the top from the bottom, he is never scared of anything. If I fall from here, I know how hard the ground hits. I have risen from there,” Umesh said.