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Not taking my Australia berth for granted: Umesh

PTI 14 Nov 2014, 22:39:43 PM IST

Hyderabad: Making his presence felt in yet another clinical win over Sri Lanka after a four-wicket haul, Indian pacer Umesh Yadav is not taking his Australia berth for granted and said that consistency is the key to book a World Cup ticket.

“It is difficult to say that I am a certainty for the World Cup. I hope the selectors take a note of my performance and reward me with a regular place in the side.,” said Umesh in the post-match press conference after the hosts' six-wicket win in the third ODI at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium at Uppal, here Sunday.

Umesh, who is the leading wicket-taker in the series so far with 8 scalps, led the charge in the third ODI along side young spinner Axar Patel (3/40) to restrict Sri Lanka to 242 all out that paved the way for India taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

The bowler though is keeping his fingers crossed for the future.

“I am focusing on every single game. Taking each game at a time because I know that a good performance in each game will take me that much closer to securing a World Cup berth.  The decision lies in the hands of selectors, my job is to perform and make my team win,” said Umesh.

“The wicket was good. In overcast conditions it did offer help to the bowlers and we made good use of it. Though the wicket slowed down but the carry did help the bowlers to get their seam position right,” said the 25-year-old seamer.

Showing a steady graph in the series against Sri Lanka, Umesh, who picked up two wickets in the first ODI and got two again at Motera, said he is learning with every passing game.