Kolkata, Apr 11: Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav returned to the Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) training camp ahead of their match against Kings XI Punjab which will be held on April 13.
Umesh’s return to the squad bolstered KKR’s bowling strength. It is likely that he will replace Ankit Rajpoot.
“Umesh Yadav is all geared up to make a thumping start in IPL,” KKR posted a working-out picture of the 29-year-old who tweeted: “Ami KKR… First day with my team training time.” Also read: IPL 2017: Virat Kohli announces his comeback date in season 10
The star pacer missed the first two matches of KKR due to right hip and lower back soreness after a grueling home season where he played 12 of the 13 Tests.
He played a crucial role for India on an spin friendly pitch. Yadav was lethal with his fast bowling as he gave a vital breakthrough at crucial time of a match. He finished the season as India’s third-highest wicket-taker behind Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. He took 30 wickets in 24 innings. Also read: IPL 2017: Glenn Maxwell completes 1000 runs in Indian Premier League
His return to the playing XI will be a big boost to the side. KKR lost their last match to Mumbai Indians where their star opener Chris Lynn aggravated his old injury on his left shoulder.
“All those anxious about Lynn. He aggravated an old injury. Being treated and under observation by KKR team,” team CEO Venky Mysore posted on his Twitter handle.
(With PTI inputs)