IPL 2023: In just two days, the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League will get underway. The first match will feature Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans locking horns at the Narendra Modi Stadium on March 31. A total of 74 matches will be played across 12 venues in India for a period of two months. It will be a great opportunity for everyone because India will also host the 2023 ODI World Cup later this year. The IPL 2023 will be a great preparation for ODI WC.

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The World Cup is reportedly set to begin on October 5 in India. It makes the upcoming IPL edition more important for those players who are seeking a comeback into their national sides for ODIs. A number of Indian players will also compete in the hope of making a comeback on the national side.

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Veteran Indian pacer Umesh Yadav is one of those players who will seek a comeback into the Indian side for ODIs. For that, he needs to do well in the upcoming season. The 35-year-old will represent the two-time champion Kolkata Knight Riders in the coming season. He did well last season. Umesh took 15 wickets in 12 games at an economy rate of 7.06, with a best of 4/23. In an interaction on Aaj Tak, Umesh said,

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“The ODI World Cup is played after every four years and this can be my last opportunity to be a part of it. So I need to do well in IPL and make a comeback in ODI format. As I said the World Cup comes after every four years and I’m not sure if I’ll be around then. Hence I want to make this season count and not wait for another four years.”

With his growing age, this will be his last chance to feature in an ODI World Cup, as he is already 35 years old. He made his ODI debut in May 2010 against Zimbabwe, but played his last ODI almost five years ago. Umesh featured in the Indian ODI squad last time in October 2018 against the West Indies. So far, he has played 75 ODIs, taking 106 wickets at a 6.01 economy rate on the highest side. KKR will play their first game on April 1 against Punjab Kings at PCA Stadium in Mohali.

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