On home tracks, India ride on Vidarbha express Umesh Yadav

Umesh Yadav picked up 17 wickets in the series against Australia, the highest by an Indian pacer in a four-match Test series.

Written by Vinay Siwach | Dharamsala | Updated: March 29, 2017 10:20 am
umesh yadav, umesh, umesh yadav india, india vs australia, ind vs aus, india vs australia highlights, ind vs aus 2017, umesh yadav video, cricket news, cricket Umesh Yadav picked up five wickets in the Dharamsala Test. (Source: PTI)

Apart from the spin-twins of India, if there was one bowler who was consistently part of the India playing XI in the series against Australia, it was Umesh Yadav, a pacer. During the long home season, where the team played 13 Tests, Umesh participated in 12 of those.

And match after match and series after series, Umesh has been the pick of the Indian pacers. Bowling with the new ball, with the old ball or as a change to give the spinners rest, he has been a top performer for India. There was little that he gave away.

Picking up 17 wickets in the series, Umesh now has the record for most wickets by an Indian pacer in a four-match series. Two others have also picked 17 each but that was at a time when India used to play five-match or six-match series.

While the numbers are clearly in favour of the speedster, one has to watch his spells in the series to believe the impact he had. May be the success of Indian cricket team is directly proportional to the success of its spinners but if Umesh had missed most of the home season like Mohammed Shami did, it would have been a different result for the hosts.

Dharamsala recall

Dharamsala Test. Second innings. Second over. Umesh has the new ball in hand. He is bowling for final time in this series. The next six balls are the some of the best he had bowled. He first beat Matt Renshaw with a good length delivery and the third ball was a bouncer. Renshaw jumped in the air to try to play it. Keeper Wriddhiman Saha jumped with one hand stretched to collect it.

In his next over, a dream good length delivery, to which Warner had no answer to, took the edge of his bat and Saha collected it easily. This was the spell everyone had waited for. Umesh was bowling a top spell of pace bowling with the new ball.

Thinking bowler

Some good length deliveries, some ferocious short balls, some that made the batsman think about the nature of the pitch, Umesh bowled all of them in one spell. But he had been part of this is different matches.

Umesh did it in Pune, where he picked up eight wickets in match. He did it again in the third Test in Ranchi. In the first innings, he picked up three wickets, bowling with brisk pace and relying on swing and seam movement.

Ever since Umesh made his debut, there were very little doubts about his ability to bowl in the 140s. It was the consistency which hurty his cause. Dharamsala was different and so was the home stretch.

The fourth Test pitch was not “typical Indian” 22 yards. It had bounce in it and enough cracks to keep the seamers interested. Umesh unleashed a fiery spell and a performance which Indian fan would be proud of.

Now, with him showing that he can be a bowler that put batsman in a spot of bother, Umesh needs to keep this going. He needs to be consistent. Before this season, he was in and out of the team. Now things have changed. He is a senior bowler in the pack and clearly has the ability to change the course of the game.

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    Bhargava
    Mar 29, 2017 at 12:22 am
    These persons including Kohli will fail miserably in Australia South Africa England you will see.
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    1. Jayananda Rao
      Mar 29, 2017 at 1:29 am
      Its a game and success and failure are part of the game.When successful performance in India is discussed, confine to India When they perform or non perform in Australia or Africa,make the comments. Comments should be relevant to time and not judgements
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        manian
        Mar 29, 2017 at 5:54 am
        Again too much is read into these victioriesAll these have come on tailor made home pitches,any side is expected to winStill England and Aus gave a good fightReal merit will be revealed when we go abroad It is also interesting ,off late ,to hear calls for neutral piches
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          R Krishnan
          Mar 29, 2017 at 12:27 pm
          Maybe, but the reverse is true too: we read too much into the defeats in other countries - after all, every country loses when they come to India, and then act big when they are hosts. We have won series after series this season, and in fact currently hold the winners le of the last series pla with every other country within India (albeit, some were long ago - stan toured us in 2007 and lost). lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Winning anywhere is a big deal, and we do want our team to win outside too, but that does not, in any way, diminish the stature of this team for having won in India.
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            R Krishnan
            Mar 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm
            Sure, they might, or they might not. Why are you spiteful about that now? You sound miserable after a victory!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;David Warner is being touted as the next great legend from Australia. He did not do much this time, but he'll live, and he'll do good. Similarly everybody has ups and downs; no reason to live in fear of that.
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