My goal is to play Test cricket for India: Umesh Yadav

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Mona Parthsarathi

New Delhi, Jan 12 (PTI) One of the surprise buys of theIPL auction, pacer Umesh Yadav bought by Delhi Daredevils,does not want to get carried away by the money and glamour ofthe mega-event, instead is keen to focus on his ultimate goalof playing Test cricket for India.

The 23-year-old wants to use IPL as a platform forfulfilling his dream of playing Test cricket for the country.

"IPL is the best platform to showcase your talent. Themoney and glamour attached to it is okay but I will not getdistracted by that. My aim is to play Test cricket for Indiabecause that is the ultimate test of any cricketers''s mettle,"said the young bowler, who has taken 13 wickets in seven RanjiTrophy matches this season.

Umesh, with a base price of USD 50,000 went for awhopping USD 750,000, in the much hyped auction at Bangalorewhere some of big names remained unsold.

"I never expected to bag such a high price. Frankly, Ithought that I would get around 1.5 to 2 crores but 3.5 croreshas come as a surprise to me. I will try to give my best forthe franchise who has spent such a huge amount on me," Yadavtold PTI Bhasha from Nagpur.

Media reports suggested that ego clash betweenfranchisees turned out to be the main reason behind thewhopping bid for Yadav but the bowler feels otherwise.

"I think I got the reward of a good domestic season andthe franchise also knows me very well as I was a part of DelhiDaredevils team in last two seasons as well," said Yadav.

The medium pacer from Vidarbha considers himself luckythat he was a part of Daredevils dressing room, as he got achance to learn a few tricks of the trade from none other thanhis idol Glenn McGrath.

"McGrath is my idol and I have learnt a few tricks fromhim during the second season of IPL. I also watched hisbowling from very close quarters, which I think did wondersfor me."

Yadav also said that despite not playing any match inSouth Africa in the recently concluded three-match Testseries, he has learnt a lot from the senior Indian bowlers andgained valuable experience.

"Though I have not played any match in South Africa butlearnt a lot from Zaheer (Khan), Sreesanth and the coaches.

This experience has made me a better bowler, which I thinkwill come in handy during the IPL 4. I hope to perform betterthan the previous two seasons," Yadav said.

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