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Yadav: Akram’s inputs have been invaluable

Umesh Yadav, in the city, on Thursday

Calcutta: In terms of figures, Umesh Yadav’s performance in the ongoing IPL might not appear too impressive. Just nine wickets from 10 matches is nothing extraordinary.

But just when it mattered, he stepped up and delivered. His figures of 4-0-13-3 against the Kings XI Punjab in the Qualifier 1 at the Eden proves that. Not every game has been a success for the speedster, but he has never given up trying. Not even against the best in the business. Virender Sehwag, Glenn Maxwell and George Bailey were the victims of Umesh on Wednesday night. He was deservedly named the Man of the Match.

For Umesh, having the right mindset is the key to success for a bowler. And for that, someone like Wasim Akram has been of immense help, the pacer said. “It’s imperative that you bowl with the right mindset. Maintaining a positive attitude and approach helps you in sorting things out in an easier way,” Umesh said at the team hotel, on Thursday.

Explaining how Akram helped him when the going was tough, Umesh said: “If you get hit for two to three boundaries, the bowling coach can provide you with some necessary advice on how to go about to bring things back in your control. Wasimbhai certainly does a very good job in this matter. His inputs have been invaluable for me.”

That he doesn’t just run in and bowl fast was evident when he revealed his homework for Kings XI’s dangerous Australian recruit Maxwell. “It’s the right mindset that helped me get Maxwell out cheaply on Wednesday. I knew Maxwell has a tendency to play most of his shots on the leg-side…

“Therefore I made up mind to bowl outside the off-stump and focus mainly on the off-stump channel. The ploy paid off as after four dot balls, I managed to get him out,” Umesh said.