Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 22, 2019UPDATED: March 22, 2019 18:02 IST Umesh Yadav is an integral part of the star-studded RCB line-up (RCB Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSI am the man to be picked for the World Cup, Umesh saidUmesh also said that he didn’t get a long rope in limited-overs cricketUmesh feels that if picked for the World Cup, the IPL will be his best preparation groundThe Indian Premier League (IPL) gets underway in Chennai on Saturday with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) taking on defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the season’s opener. And RCB pacer Umesh Yadav is one player who will definitely be looking to impress RCB and Team India captain Virat Kohli with a strong show from the word go.While the national selectors are still looking to fill the No.4 slot in the batting line-up, another place up for grabs is the fourth pace bowler’s slot. And Umesh believes that he fits the bill as experience will be an important factor taken into consideration when the selectors pick the squad for the showpiece event in England.”If you look at the IPL as a platform to convince selectors that I am the man to be picked for the World Cup, I am the man. The fourth bowler that the team is looking at, I feel I fit that role. I don’t think any of the youngsters have done enough to replace the senior bowlers. At the end of the day, you are going to play the World Cup and not just any other tournament like a bilateral series.”Experience is a must on the big stage. Someone with an experience of playing 10-12 matches is not enough because if a situation arises that one of the frontline bowler is injured, you must have the replacement who is able to handle the pressure of that situation. You need someone who can bowl 140kmph-plus and has the mental ability to perform under pressure,” he told IANS.advertisementUmesh also said that he didn’t get a long rope in limited-overs cricket and that is one of the reasons why he hasn’t been able to replicate his red-ball form in the shorter format.”To be honest, if you look at it, I haven’t played too many ODI matches. You cannot count someone’s performance on the basis of a couple of matches here and there. If I am given a long run and back-to-back matches, then I can prove myself,” he explained.The pacer feels that if picked for the World Cup, the IPL will be his best preparation ground. “IPL for me is to give my best for the franchise and also practice for the World Cup. This is the ideal platform to train for the World Cup… this will be the best match-situation.”Asked about being a part of the star-studded RCB line-up, Umesh said that he shares a special bond with former India pacer Ashish Nehra and the life lessons the left-arm bowler shares has helped Umesh a lot.”Nehra paaji gave me a lot of confidence after I joined RCB last season. He told me that when everything is against you and you perform that is when you should take it as a challenge and show the world what you are made of. He said ‘if everything is stacked against you and you rise like a phoenix from the ashes, then that gives you joy as a sportsperson’.”If everything is going your way, there is no fight and the joy of achieving something goes down. He said ‘keep learning every minute and come back stronger’ and I keep doing just that. I can really relate to him. His life lessons are amazing,” he added.Also Read | IPL 2019: Onus on Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers as RCB seek to end 5-year drought vs CSKAlso Read | IPL 2019: History doesn’t favour Virat Kohli’s RCB as they gear up to face CSK in openerAlso Read | Holi: Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan celebrate festival of colours ahead of IPL 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Umesh YadavFollow Team IndiaFollow ICC World CupFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow IPL 2019 Umesh Yadav keen to press for World Cup selection during IPL 2019IPL 2019: Umesh Yadav believes he fits the bill as the fourth bowler as experience will be an important factor taken into consideration when the selectors pick the squad for the World Cup.advertisement
TORONTO — Small business owners began the new year with a healthy boost of optimism, according to the latest business barometer index from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.Its monthly index gained three points in January to 65.7 on a scale of 0 to 100. An index above 50 means owners expecting their businesses to be stronger in the next year outnumber those expecting a weaker performance.Small business owners in Alberta are again the most optimistic, with an index of 70.5, with Newfoundland and Labrador (69.3) and Saskatchewan (66.7) close behind.The CFIB says Ontario, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island also saw a rise in small business confidence and only British Columbia firms saw a decline.The survey also suggests full-time hiring plans have risen to a post-recession high, with 27% of small businesses who took part in the CFIB survey saying they expect to hire more staff in the next few months.Similarly, 44% of business owners described their state of business to be in “good” shape — the highest score in the past four years according to the federation.“After a lacklustre November and December, small business owners across Canada are starting to feel more optimistic about the future,” said Ted Mallett, CFIB’s chief economist and vice-president.“While it’s too soon to make any conclusions about 2013, the latest survey results are very encouraging.”“Optimism is generally well-balanced across Canada,” added Mallett. “Overall, there’s a lot of optimism in white-collar industries such as professional services, finance and the information sector, but manufacturing, retail and construction are not far behind.”The January findings are based on 1,005 responses from CFIB members to a controlled-access web survey. The results are considered accurate to plus or minus 3.1% 19 times in 20.