India in last few years has done a lot on the field to prove that it’s getting better with pace attack! Some consistent spells from top notch Indian bowlers along with perfect control over their speed with huge wicket taking stats has shown that things have improved lot in Indian Cricket.

Recently, the enticing bowling by Umesh in Border-Gavaskar trophy had been the talk of the town! The speedster grabbed a lot of eyes balls! India indeed has a good pace bowling stock, on form, at present.

The real challenge after a long home season comes out to be playing on another continent , The Champions Trophy knocking on doors from 1st June.

Umesh Yadav, who played a huge role in India’s dominant Test campaign at home against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia, has said the team’s current crop of pacers can win series in overseas conditions.

India have finally developed a potent pace attack which can help them win overseas but the fast bowlers would still benefit from the recruitment of a dedicated coach, spearhead Umesh Yadav told Reuters.

On the liveliest of pitches used in the four-test series, Yadav tormented the tourists to claim five wickets and send the message that India now have the necessary pace resources to win on the hard decks of Australia and South Africa.

“I think we now have the pace attack to win Test series in these countries,” Yadav told Reuters in a telephone interview.

While many think Indian pacers like Umesh, Bhuvaneshwar, Shami and Ishant would be the key bowlers in away games especially the Champions Trophy England and Wales.

While the slow bowlers can turn to head coach and former spinner Anil Kumble for help, Yadav believes it would be beneficial for the quicks to have a specialist pace-bowling advisor on hand.

“A fast bowling coach will definitely help bowlers like Ishant, Shami, Bhuvi and myself to improve,” the 29-year-old said.

“In some matches, I bowl badly and don’t realise what went wrong and how to correct. A fast bowling coach can help us correct our mistakes and improve as a bowler.”

Yadav, who picked up 17 Australian wickets at an average of 23.41 in what he calls his ‘best series’, illustrated his point with an anecdote about how he received some useful advice from batting coach Sanjay Bangar.

“I had been bowling short for some time and then Bangar asked me to bowl a much fuller length,” he said. “He suggested that if I bowl a fuller length it would give the ball enough time to swing in the air. Bangar told me not to either rush through my bowling strides or run too slow. He encouraged me to find my ideal rhythm and that is what I focus on while bowling. For me as a bowler, rhythm is very important. I don’t even look at the pitch before a test match. I just try to get into a nice rhythm as early as possible and rest just happens.”

While Yadav is happy with the improvement, he is aware that he has just one five-wicket test haul to his name, achieved in a losing cause against Australia in Perth in 2012.

“I think about it and feel I should have got more five-fors in the 31 Tests I’ve played so far,” he said. “I want to change that and I’m working hard. The Australia series has given me a lot of confidence. I want to be more aggressive in my bowling. I’m going to bowl more bouncers and yorkers now.”

Well after he suffered an injury, the Vidarbha player is set to kickstart his IPL season with his team Kolkata Knight Riders and is hoped to bowl those right on point.

He is a star player to watch out, indeed!


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