It’s time to translate good home season into overseas success: Umesh Yadav

first_imgIndia speedster Umesh Yadav is confident of the team’s fast bowling unit and believes that the bowlers can take 20 wickets in each Test match in South Africa.Umesh Yadav will be an integral part of India’s fast bowling unit on the tour to South Africa where the pitches will have pace and bounce on offer.”The wickets in South Africa will put the focus back on the fast bowling unit and rightly so. There will be a lot of expectation from us and I believe this attack has the ability to get 20 South African wickets. All of us had a good 14 months at home and it’s time to translate into overseas success,” Yadav told PTI during an interview.Umesh, who is one wicket away from 100 Test scalps, also said that good fitness and proper plans were the keys to the bowling unit’s success in the home season but the attitude with which the players enter the field matters the most.”I believe good fitness, proper plans were key to our success in the sub-continent. But the main thing is the attitude with which you enter the field. If we can maintain it in South Africa, no one can stop us,” Umesh said.Sanjay Manjrekar, in a column, urged Umesh to bowl a line where batsmen don’t leave most of his deliveries and also owing to the suspect slip catching of the Indian team.Umesh felt like Kapil Dev, his strength is natural outswinger and he doesn’t want to lose it trying to bowl too many inswingers.advertisement”Like Kapil Dev, my natural delivery is outswinger. If I try to bowl too many incoming deliveries, it can lead to me losing my outswinger, which I don’t want. Obviously, there will be a few change-ups with incoming deliveries but outswinger remains my core strength,” Umesh said.Indian pacers got carried away with their line on earlier occasions when they got pacer-friendly wickets, but it won’t happen this time around, Umesh assured.”During earlier tours, we were younger and expectedly more excited. But now, all of us — Ishant, Shami, Bhuvi and myself know how to curb our over enthusiasm. We will be assessing the conditions,” said Umesh.”Like if it’s hard and bouncy pitch, you have to hit the good length consistently while if it’s spongy bouncy then I will have to pitch it up,” Umesh elaborated.Umesh made it clear that the national selectors never bracketed him as a “Test specialist” just because he has played just nine ODIs in the year 2017.Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been the first-choice white ball bowlers for some time now but the 30-year-old Vidarbha speedster does not want to read too much into the pattern of selection.”I can tell you that the national selectors have been quite aware of the workload on myself and Mohammed Shami. They have been very supportive and at no point have they told us that we are not in their scheme of things as far as limited overs are concerned,” Umesh clarified.”There have been times when we have gone upto the selectors and have asked for rest having bowled a lot of overs in Test matches. When you are playing all formats, there is bound to be more wear and tear,” Umesh, who has 102 wickets from 71 ODIs said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more