Despite being blessed with the ability to bowl consistently over 140km/hr, Umesh Yadav has been criticised for his inability to bowl consistent yorkers.
In a recent interview with PTI, Umesh Yadav said that his action is more suited for full-length outswing deliveries. Jasprit Bumrah, who recently made to the Indian team has been a blessing for India as he can bowl yorkers at will during the death yorkers. Talking about Bumrah,Yadav said that Bumrah’s action helps him to bowl consistent yorkers.
“I know a lot of bowlers are judged by their ability to bowl yorkers at the death. I can also bowl yorkers effectively but it is a delivery that can go wrong as it is difficult to bowl consistently,” Yadav told PTI during an exclusive interaction.
“There would be days when the length would be wrong. The advantage for Jasprit (Bumrah) is that his action is natural when it comes to bowling yorkers while my action means that my stock ball will be outswinger,” he said.
Indian pacers are known to compromise on pace for line and length but Yadav has always insisted that he will never give up on his pace.
“It has taken years of hard work to work up a fair level of pace at which I bowl my deliveries. It is my endeavour to get it right at this pace and if you ask me, my consistency has at least improved by 20 percent in past one year. That’s my assessment. “If I become a line and length bowler, then one thing is for sure that I will never ever gain the earlier pace back. You can increase speed but after decreasing speed, you can’t get the original pace back,” said Yadav, who has played 17 Tests and 57 ODIs and a T20 Internationals.
Yadav also said that his inswing deliveries have improved and he now feels confident to use them against the right-handers.
“My inswinging deliveries have got better and I am more confident while executing them. But yes, I would not deny that there are times my deliveries drift down to the leg-side in my bid to bowl the incoming deliveries. “An effective inswinger is that which starts from the imaginary fifth off-stump and shapes into the off-middle region. If we start from the off-middle region, the delivery invariably swings towards the leg-stump and becomes easy meat for the batsmen.”
Talking about the fatigue factor in IPL, Yadav said:“During IPL, there are times that the muscle tissues tire due to frequent travelling and playing matches. The recovery for a fast bowler is very important.”
Speaking about his performance in the on-going season he rated the season as an “average one” so far.He has taken 10 wickets in 9 matches.
“Actually, I started well in the IPL and felt that it was going well for me till the RCB match in Bengaluru where I went for a lot of runs (56 in four overs). Actually, T20 is such a format that it is impossible that you won’t get hit. But hopefully, I would be at my best in the coming games,” concluded the pacer.