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I knew that one wicket would open things up for us: Umesh Yadav

Umesh Yadav on Monday produced a serious spell of fast bowling that saw him snare three wickets in six maiden overs.

By: PTI |
December 8, 2015 6:33:22 pm
Umesh Yadav, Umesh Yadav India South Africa, Umesh Yadav India, India Umesh Yadav, Umesh Yadav wickets, Cricket News, Cricket Umesh Yadav removed Dane Vilas and Kyle Abbott with fast in-swingers before getting Dane Piedt caught behind to set up the series-victory at Kotla. (Source: PTI)

Umesh Yadav’s fiery spell right after tea helped India end South Africa’s vigil in the fourth Test and that spirited effort has given the fast bowler much-needed confidence in his start-stop career.

Yadav on Monday produced a serious spell of fast bowling that saw him snare three wickets in six maiden overs in the final session. He ended with figures of 21-16-9-3.

“Throughout my Test career, I have played a match here or a couple there; never really had a few games at the stretch. But after this spell, my confidence has gone really high. I felt that whatever I have learnt so far, whether while playing Test cricket or going back to domestic cricket, I could make it count in this spell,” said Yadav.

What was his mindset going into the final session?

“I told myself that this is the last Test match I am going to play for the next six months,” he was quoted as saying by bcci.tv.

“And this moment – the chance to beat South Africa 3-0 by winning a Test like this – will never come back again. I knew that one wicket would open things up for us. All I wanted was that one wicket.”

Yadav removed Dane Vilas and Kyle Abbott with fast inswingers before getting Dane Piedt caught behind to set up the series-victory at Kotla.

“We had a word in the dressing room during the tea break that it won’t be a bad idea to bowl with a slingy action, because it would help me swing the ball more,” he revealed.

“I tried it and it worked – I got the ball to reverse more than usual because of that action. Also, since it was swinging late, the batsmen were confused whether it would come in or go away.”

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