India pacer Umesh Yadav says skipper Kohli’s tendency to back his players and their instinct has helped a bowler like him evolve and excel
India pacer Umesh Yadav in full cry during the fourth Test against England at the Wankhede Stadium last year. Pic/Suresh Karkera
New Delhi: A good fast bowler needs a good captain and India speedster Umesh Yadav is thankful to Virat Kohli for letting him be his own man while devising strategy to get batsmen out.
“Virat is a bowler's captain. He is someone who would throw the ball at you and tell you to set your own field. He asks me what my plan is or whether I need a particular fielder at a position. He backs your instinct and plans. Only if the plan doesn't work, he would come up and tell that let's try this. For him, the bowler gets to execute Plan A and if it doesn't click, then he turns to Plan B,” Umesh said.
Lethal incoming deliveries
He always had a fantastic outswinger in his repertoire but Umesh is now confident that his incoming deliveries are as lethal and which will certainly test Australia. “My stock delivery has always been the conventional outswingers at 140km plus speed. But as
I have been working on developing the inswinger, It's now finally coming off well,” Umesh said.
Shakib Al Hasan recently said Umesh's spell on the third morning of the Hyderabad Test was the best he'd played in his career.
Asked about the spell and Umesh burst into laughter. “Yes, I would have termed it a near perfect spell had I got wickets.
Unfortunately, I didn't. But if you look at that spell, I was beating Shakib with away going deliveries for the left hander, which is an inswinger. My pace was good. I hit the right length and rattled Shakib,” Umesh added.
Plan in place for Aussies
When asked what will be his plans for Australian opener David Warner, Umesh said: “Against Warner in Australia, you can hit back of the length but here I would like to bowl him a bit fuller. Even in India, you cannot bowl too full as Warner also drives well. So may be a touch fuller than three quarter. Hope I can get my length right straightaway.”
India now have four exponents of reverse swing and Umesh attributed it to team effort in maintaining the shine of the ball.