Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav, celebrates after dismissing an England batsman.

Indian pacers are definitely not renowned for being the fittest around, and in the past, there have been numerous instances of them breaking down midway during a tough campaign.

This, however, was surely not the story of India’s unsung hero of their latest home season  – Umesh Yadav. Yadav led India’s bowling attack like a lion with his accuracy and fitness remaining top notch.

Right from the first game of the season to the very last in Dharamsala, Yadav was India’s answer to all the woes. Be it early strikes with the new ball or taking crucial breakthroughs with the old ball in the dying moments of the day, Yadav always gave his 100% and emerged as a vital cog of success for the Indian outfit.

Post an unforgettable season for him, Yadav mentioned his hard work as a key attribute behind his success.

“I have been working really hard over the last 10-12 months,” said Yadav. “The first thing I was focusing on was getting consistent with my line and length. To ensure that I land the ball exactly where I want to land the ball at will. Then it came to getting batsmen out.”

“You have to change your run-up a little. Different bowlers try different ways to do it. Some just run in straight like they do normally and then jump wide, others start running in from wide. Some corner to corner. It all depends on your jump and landing. It takes some time for your muscles to get used to that movement. Initially, there will be some issues,” Yadav said about making minute adjustments to his bowling.

Mentioning the fun aspect of planning a batsman’s wicket, he said,

“When you are bowling to get a batsman out with a plan it’s a lot more interesting and challenging as compared to just trying to get him out. It’s a lot of fun, and I’m enjoying it. There really isn’t one specific wicket that I planned and succeeded that I rate above the rest. I have always been someone who believes in taking wickets. That’s what gets me going. Whether it is a tail-ender or a top-order batsman, it’s the wicket that counts.”

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