More confident after the performance in the Kotla Test: Umesh Yadav
India’s fastest bowler Umesh Yadav struck thrice out of nowhere in the last Test against South Africa in the session right after the tea. This gave a much needed boost to the speedster’s confidence.
He has been quite irregular in his Test career. Opportunities have come to him less frequently as the right-arm fast bowler has not been playing many matches in a stretch. His Test career has been one of stop-start type. But, that didn’t bother him much while he produced something unseen from him. The Kotla Test saw him scalping 3 wickets in 6 maiden overs in the final session of the match. After the match concluded, his figures looked something like 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.
Just before going on to play the last session of the Test, Yadav’s mentality seemed different from the usual one. “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.”
Desperate for getting that one wicket, Yadav was unexpectedly successful in taking down three of the opposition’s batsmen on the turning track. In-swingers from Yadav helped him get rid of Dane Vilas and Kyle Abbott while the third batsman Dane Piedt was caught behind by the Indian keeper after he tried to leave the ball but the late swing caught a small edge of his bat. These instances set up Yadav and his team to a 3-0 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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