Umesh Yadav is working on his batting ahead of the much-awaited five-match Test series against England, which starts on August 4 (Wednesday) in Nottingham.
The fast bowler from Vidarbha took to Twitter to share a couple of pictures from the training session where he can be seen working hard to improve his batting.
Umesh Yadav Has 148 Test Wickets To His Name
The right-arm pacer, who last played Test cricket in December 2020, against Australia, before injuring himself said he is keeping himself motivated in training. Umesh Yadav, 33, who was a part of the Delhi Capitals Squad for IPL 2021 but didn’t play a single game, has 148 Test wickets to his name in 48 matches at an average of 30.54.
Umesh Yadav captioned the post as: “Every chance you wake is a chance to get better.”
Meanwhile, Umesh Yadav will have to fight out with Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Siraj for a place in the playing XI for the first Test. The 48 Tests veteran last donned the whites against Australia last year at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The pacer has the first-class ton to his name but is yet to score even a single fifty in international cricket.
Umesh Yadav Was The Pick Of The Bowlers In The Practice Game Against County Select XI By Picking 3 Scalps
The 33-year-old fast bowler was the pick of the bowlers in the first practice game against County Select XI at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street. Umesh Yadav returned with three wickets, including centurion Haseeb Hameed, who earned a call back to the England squad after four years. Along with Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj also picked up two wickets to impress the team management in the absence of veteran pacers Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma.
On the batting front, KL Rahul pushed his case with a timely century in the absence of Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha while Ravindra Jadeja knocked two fifties in both innings. Rishabh Pant missed the tie after contracting COVID-19 while Wriddhiman Saha was asked to isolate himself after coming in contact with throwdown specialist Dayanand Garani, who also contracted the virus.
However, Rishabh Pant has already joined the squad in Durham and Wriddhiman Saha has been cleared to join the team. Both will be available for the second warm-up fixture, starting July 28.
The Rohit Sharma-led Indian team declared their second innings at 192 for 3 with Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Hanuma Vihari spending some quality time in the middle along with the in-form Ravindra Jadeja, who followed up his first-innings 75 with 51 before retiring out.
Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara opened the second innings for India and added 87 with the former scoring 47 while the latter made 38. Hanuma Vihari followed in at No. 3 and remained unbeaten on 43 after his 84-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja.
India had posted 311 in their first innings thanks to KL Rahul’s (101) 15th first-class hundred and then bowled County XI out for 220 with Umesh Yadav (3 for 22) and Mohammed Siraj (2 for 32) playing the starring roles with the ball.