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Indian team management may not allow Umesh Yadav for Ranji quarters
By Our Correspondent, 06/12/2017, New Delhi


 Umesh Yadav was the most impressive Indian pacer last season. The 30-year-old showed exemplary fitness, genuine pace, great control and most of all immense maturity.

In 2016-17, he played 12 successive Tests when other pacers suffered various injuries. He added five more against Sri Lanka—away and home—this season before he was rested for the ongoing Delhi Test.

With a busy season ahead, the Indian team management may not release him for the forthcoming Ranji Trophy quarterfinal against Kerala. A highly placed source confirmed to TOI that the team management wants all their bowlers fresh for the important series against South Africa. "As of now, nothing is confirmed. He is a very important member of the side. He has played a couple of Ranji Trophy matches and the last two Tests. Though he is fit and fine, the team management doesn't want to take any risk, especially with the fast bowling department. If it thinks, Umesh should play, they will surely allow him," a BCCI source told TOI on Tuesday.

"The team management encourages players to be match fit but it also keep in mind the burnout factor, especially for the fast bowlers He is a BCCI-contracted player and the team management knows the best about the players," the source added.

The volume of matches India are playing had led to the think-tank managing the workload of the bowlers to keep them fresh and reduce their susceptibility to injury. In fact, India's bowling coach B Arun had confirmed that Mohammed Shami and Umesh are India's premier bowlers in the longer format. "If you look at Shami and Umesh, they are your No. 1 Test bowlers," Arun had said in October during the One-day series against Australia. Umesh was eventually given the break for the New Zealand One-day series. He wasn't included for the Sri Lanka One-day series and Twenty20 series. Umesh has played 19 Tests since the West Indies series last year and 14 One-dayers since the New Zealand home series last year.

Vidarbha team management, on the other hand, would be hoping to get Umesh. They know what he can do. Vidarbha have already lost two quarterfinals in the last three years. They would like to move 

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