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Kolkata Knight Riders Umesh Yadav Attributes Recent Success to Wasim Akram

Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Umesh Yadav has been in the middle of a brilliant run in the Indian Premier League 2014 and credited legendary Pakistan pacer and current KKR bowling coach Wasim Akram for an incredible turn of fortune.

Yadav was not considered for the tours of Bangladesh and England, but his consistency for the Knight Riders would not have gone unnoticed by the selectors, who picked the core of the Indian ODI side for Bangladesh after several players delivered telling performances in the ongoing T20 extravaganza.

Under Akram's wings, an injury-prone Yadav, who has often been guilty of bowling poor lines despite good pace, has rediscovered the magic that promised to propel him to greater heights not long back. And that for now could be more vital than an India call-up.

"I have learnt a lot from him (Akram). Cricket is also a mind game, and at the same time, it is important to remain calm in order to tackle different situations. Among other things, I have also learnt from him how to remain calm and how to plan for batsmen.

"He doesn't get into the technique or try to change your action. He says, 'If you try to do that, then it will be difficult for you. So it is better to maintain what you already have.'" Yadav, who 10 wickets from 11 matches this season, told


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