KKR vs RR IPL 2023: Why is Umesh Yadav Not Playing Today IPL Match? Check KKR Playing XI

Published on: May 11, 2023 7:52 pm IST|Updated on: May 11, 2023 10:01 pm IST

Why is Umesh Yadav not playing KKR vs RR IPL 2023 match?

The big news update coming from the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) camp is that they are not playing senior pace bowler Umesh Yadav in their starting XI for their 12th game of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The Kolkata Knight Riders will definitely be feeling very much high on confidence especially after having registered two amazing back-to-back victories against Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last two matches of this T20 tournament.

KKR vs RR IPL 2023: Why is Umesh Yadav Not Playing Today IPL Match?

After having lost the toss and being asked to bat first, the Kolkata Knight Riders captain Nitish Rana stated that Umesh Yadav is not included in the starting KKR playing XI for this KKR vs RR match on Thursday. Interestingly, he is part of the five substitute members list out of which one can be used as an Impact Player at any moment in the game. Incidentally, Umesh missed the last few games of IPL 2023 for KKR due to a hamstring injury but he seems to have recovered from the same. On the other hand, the senior Indian fast bowler has performed poorly with the ball this year having taken only a single wicket from as many as 8 matches at an expensive economy rate of over 9. Thus, it remains to be seen whether Kolkata Knight Riders will draft Umesh as the Impact Player in the second innings or not.

“I think we’re getting the type of pitches we want. We will have to play good cricket, take one game at a time and earn 2 points. One change for us – Anukul Roy replaces Vaibhav Arora. Looks like the pitch is dry, they haven’t watered a lot, so we are playing that extra spinner and add some depth to the batting,” said Kolkata Knight Riders captain Nitish Rana during the toss.

KKR Playing XI

1. Jason Roy
2. Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk)
3. Venkatesh Iyer
4. Nitish Rana (C)
5. Rinku Singh
6. Andre Russell
7. Sunil Narine
8. Shardul Thakur
9. Harshit Rana
10. Anukul Roy
11. Varun Chakravarthy

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Umesh Yadav IPL 2023 Price

Umesh Yadav, a seasoned Indian fast bowler, was selected by the Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 2 Crore in the IPL 2022 mega auction. In the tournament, he claimed 16 wickets from 12 matches at an impressive economy rate of under 8. The Kolkata Knight Riders were impressed with his performance and decided to retain him for the IPL 2023 season.

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