The Indian speedster Umesh Yadav, during the post-match press conference on day two of the game, revealed that Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who did not come to field today after a shoulder injury, is making a good recovery and is practising in nets,
“Bandage will obviously remain after an injury. But I think he’s fit to play. The way he’s practising at the nets, it seems he’s all set to come back,” he said.
Umesh, who has probably edged out Ishant Sharma as the leader of the pack in this season said that his confidence level is very high in the current season. The impact of Umesh Yadav can be known by the fact that Anil Kumble, the Head coach of India team said that the bowler looks like taking a fifer every time he comes to bowl,
“I’m doing the same thing but the confidence level is high, having played more matches. And the hard work is paying off. When I was in and out of the team, I was not sure what to do. With more matches, I began realising what to do and what not. I slowly realised my strength and weaknesses. Now I have a better idea,” Umesh Yadav said at the press conference.
The 29-year old pacer revealed that he has learnt from what has been written about him in the media and have worked upon the flaws in his bowling highlighted by media,
“A lot was written in the media earlier that I bowl a leg-stump line and concede boundaries on the leg side. I have cut that off in a big way and slowly I got back to my rhythm. Trying to bowl in the best way.”
“Once I understand the wicket, then I figure out if a cross seam ball will be effective or when it can be used an effective ball. It is about understanding the wicket and decide on a cross or upright seam. When I feel the ball can jump up off a length or variable bounce then I bring that into my game.”
Umesh Yadav has been the weapon for India in this season especially with the old ball. He uses the old ball to the maximum of its use, with reverse swing being his trump card.
Yadav further praises Ravindra Jadeja, who pouched a total of five wickets in Australia’s innings. Jadeja was the one who helped Indian team to have a say in him first session today as he was the lone wicket-taker for India in the first session with three wickets,
“He is the kind of bowler whose bowling style suits all kind of wickets. Jaddu is going through the best phase of his career.
“He has got quite a few five-wicket hauls and bowling really well. The kind of variation he has, he never moves away from his spots and bowls tirelessly at the same spot. If he gets the tiniest of rough, he knows where to pitch it. He is getting his reward,” Yadav said.
The fast bowler also praised Australian captain Steve Smith, who played an innings of 178*. Smith came in to bat at number three and carried his bat till the end as no bowler was able to dismiss him,
“At times it’s very difficult to bowl to him. You bowl with a particular plan but sometimes he changes his stance, shuffles from leg stump to off, opening up, sort of affects your plan. You have to keep an eye on him until the last moment and ball accordingly.”
Indian team too had a great start as at stumps, the home side had posted a score of 120 with Murali Vijay and Chetehwar Pujara batting on a score of 42* and 10* respectively