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One of the important cogs in the Delhi Daredevils line-up, Umesh Yadav was instrumental in keeping his team in the hunt after the Rahul Dravid-Stuart Binny pair took the attack to the bowlers and were coasting towards a formidable total after opting to bat at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Handed the ball by skipper Mahela Jayawardene, the young pacer removed both the Rajasthan Royals’ batsmen and also dismissed the big hitting Brad Hodge and helped to hold back the visitors’ total to 165 for seven.
Although they ended on the losing side despite his impressive figures of 4-0-24-4 it has helped to boost the confidence of the youngster who had been away from the game for about four months due to injury, coming back on to the field late last month in the domestic circuit. While speaking to iplt20.com after the gut wrenching loss, Yadav reflected on the game with mixed feelings about the game due to the team’s loss.
Excerpts from the brief interview:
You were impressive in today’s game. You claimed three quick wickets when Dravid and Binny threatened to post a big total and had hit Johan Botha for 19?
There were some good things and some bad things (in the match today). I bowled well in the match but it was hard luck for us. Our boys were trying really well. Winning and losing is part of the game. I have come back after four months and I took some wickets so it is good for me and my confidence. I really hope we do well in the next game.
What was the plan when you came into the attack after Johan Botha had conceded 19 runs and the Royals were cruising along?
The pace of the wicket was slightly slow so bowling at my pace was a bit difficult because the ball was coming on to the bat well. The only thing on my mind was to use variations so I did that. I controlled myself and used variations, bowled slower balls and that got me the wickets.
Rahul Dravid’s innings?
He played a very good innings, he developed the innings. It was good to watch him and bowl to him.
He was in good nick and his was a very important wicket so what was your plan for Dravid?
Rahul bhai was in good rhythm so I had it in my mind to bowl dot balls to him and not bowl to his strengths. I tried slower ones and outside the off-stump. Later towards the end he was tired also so I was trying bowl the Yorkers and I was just trying by best and then got his wicket.
What was the turning point of the match according to you?
In today’s game I think David Warner was the turning point. His wicket was very important because he played very well and he brought the match close but got out. (Sighs)
How did you prepare yourself coming into the tournament after being away due to injury for a while?
I was training at the NCA for four months. It was on my mind that IPL is coming up. I was trying to do my best and then the Champions Trophy is also coming up. So am trying to do my best and develop myself and get back to my rhythm.
Regrouping and going ahead?
Winning and losing is part of the game so I am trying. We are going to Mumbai for the next game so hope that we do well there.
All-rounder James Faulkner is one of the new additions to the Rajasthan Royals line-up for the 2013 season. The tall all-rounder enjoys dismantling the woodwork of the batsmen and can contribute useful runs with the willow as well. The young left-arm pacer cherishes the dismissal of one of the most devastating batsman in world cricket today, Chris Gayle during the first season of Big Bash League. He expects to have an interesting contest with the RCB cricketer in the ongoing Indian Premier League this season.
A youngster with a sense of humour, 'Faulks' loves to try out new hair styles and worries about not being able to get in touch with near and dear ones and so can’t do without his mobile.
Ahead of the Royals' first match of the 2013 edition of the Pepsi Indian Premier League, we caught up Faulkner by the pool side at the team hotel in Delhi.
Excerpts from the interaction:
1. Nickname: Jimmy or Faulks.
2. Idol: Ricky Ponting.
3. Life’s mantra: To be as successful as I can.
4. Favourite cuisine: Italian.
5. Favourite beverage: Beer, though it shouldn’t be. It’s everyone’s favourite beverage from Australia.
6. I can’t do without: My mobile.
7. Favourite movie: Baseketball.
8. Favourite band: I listen to music but don’t have any favourite one in particular. I can’t pin point one. I tend to listen to the top ten and listen to Fair Bits.
9. Style statement: I play around with my hair a little bit.
10. Favourite TV series: Family Guy.
11. Best pal in cricket: One would be my captain back home George Bailey and the guy sitting next to me in the dressing room Alex Doolan back in Australia.
12. Best batsman you have ever bowled to: Chris Gayle.
13. Worst batsman you have ever bowled to: Ben Hilfenhaus.
14. Favourite delivery to get a wicket off: There is nothing better than clean bowling a batsman, normally with a Yorker or a quick Yorker.
15. The best bowler in the world: Dale Steyn by a long way.
16. The best batsman in the world: At present Michael Clarke.
17. Favourite stadium in the world: MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground).
18. Most memorable wicket: First Big Bash in Australia clean bowling Chris Gayle in the first over of the game.
19. If I weren’t a cricketer I’d be: Definitely wouldn’t have been a movie star because I don’t have the looks. I like to think I would have been a golfer but I don’t have a very good swing.
20. Batsman I don’t want to bowl to right now: Brad Hodge