Umesh Yadav Has Made A Case To Be Selected In Australia: Sunil Gavaskar
Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has said Umesh Yadav has given the Indian team-management a ‘pleasant headache’ after his stunning performance in the second Test between India and West Indies.
In the very first session of the Test, India suffered a huge setback. They lost debutant Shardul Thakur in just the fourth over of the day after the bowler walked off the field with a groin injury. He did not return to the field for the remainder of the game. With just one pacer in the playing eleven, India faced a herculean task.
However, Umesh Yadav took the onus on himself and delivered a career-best performance to guide India to an emphatic win. The pacer scooped the Man of the Match award for his splendid effort.
He picked up 6 wickets in the first innings to help India bowl out West Indies for 311. In the second essay, he picked up 4 as India bowled out the visitors for just 127. As a result, the hosts had to chase just 72 runs which they did without breaking any sweat.
In the process, Umesh became the third Indian pacer overall to register a 10-wicket haul in Test matches in India. The other two are Javagal Srinath (13/132 vs Pakistan) and Kapil Dev 11/146 vs Pakistan).
Umesh has now put himself in contention for a regular place in the playing eleven with his latest performance. And Sunil Gavaskar feels it is a good headache for the team-management.
“Umesh Yadav has been in and out of the Indian team for such a long time. He’s travelled to England without playing a match. Clearly the way he’s bowled today getting wickets with reverse swinging deliveries… He’s made a case to be selected in Australia. That is a pleasant headache for the selectors,” Gavaskar told India Today.
“India have some outstanding new-ball bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohamemd Shami and even Ishant Sharma. So, it is not going to be easy but the fact that you have Umesh Yadav around is going to be comforting for the selectors and Virat.
“He will also give you good net practice in the nets…it is really important to have good practice in the nets and India will have somebody of Umesh’s caliber. But as far as the final XI goes, it will all depend on what combination the team wants to go in with.
“I don’t think they will play four new ball bowlers. They might go in with three fast bowlers and a spinner. But, 10 wickets in a match that has only been done twice in a match by Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath…he has certainly made his case,” Gavaskar concluded.
Umesh has fallen behind Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharama, Mohammed Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah in the pecking order especially when India play outside. On swinging pitches, the team-management rarely prefers him. The right-arm pacer playing just 4 Tests out of possible 11 this year makes it very clear. In fact, he did not play a single game in South Africa and got only one during the five-match series in England.
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