IND vs ENG 4th Test: Umesh Yadav happy to get Joe Root’s wicket on Team India return – From being a regular in the Indian Test side, Umesh Yadav saw his fortunes dwindle with the likes of Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur performing well as the third seamer. His injuries too didn’t help. But with captain Virat Kohli giving him another opportunity, the pacer from Vidarbha made a stunning comeback to the Test side after 247 days and made an immediate impact scalping three wickets including the big one of Joe Root to help India fight back.
On Day 2, Umesh Yadav did the heavy lifting for the bowling department with two wickets including Joe Root and a set Dawid Malan. On Day 2, he sent back Craig Overton early. But it was Joe Root’s wicket that would make even Jasprit Bumrah envy.
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His back of the length delivery around off stump sharply angled in and stunned Joe Root as the ball cleaned up his stumps. To breach the man-in-form Joe Root’s defence which other Indian bowlers have failed miserably in the series was a breath of fresh air.
“Yes, it was Joe Root’s wicket and my friends too said that you returned to the team and got Joe’s wicket. But for me personally as a fast bowler, getting Root’s wicket or James Anderson, both feels the same. As a fast bowler, my job is to get wickets and I have done that. It feels good,” Umesh Yadav said at the post Day 2 press conference on Friday.
MASSIVE moment in the day as Umesh Yadav sneaks one past Root’s forward defence to disturb the woodwork.
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IND vs ENG 4th Test: His third wicket on Day 3 also helped Umesh Yadav complete 150 Test wickets in 49 matches, a rare feat for an Indian pacer. He is only the sixth Indian pacer to achieve the feat after Kapil Dev (434), Zaheer Khan (311), Ishant Sharma (311), Javagal Shrinath (236) and Mohammed Shami (195).
However, considering he has played just 49 matches since making his debut back in 2011 against West Indies says a lot about his place in the team. He has been in and out with the team management only entrusting him in the home series. But he was not given the opportunity in the home series against England with Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur getting the nod.
Umesh Yadav said despite the lack of opportunities, he continued to be with the squad and that kept him ready.
“Even though you are not playing, you keep training, keep bowling in the nets. I had the rhythm because I continued to work with the coaches and physios. That kept me in shape. It’s the process everyone follows. The team management knows anyone could be called up. So, it’s important to keep every ready,” Umesh Yadav said.
As for the match, India did fight back in the morning session, reducing England to 62/5. But the hosts came back with Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes slamming half-centuries to help England take a 99-run first-innings lead. Yadav admitted that the bowlers did let the opportunity slip away.
“Yes, we started well but in the middle, we did let it loose a bit and in the span of 7-8 overs, they scored far too many runs to take a 99-run lead. But the way our batsmen have started, I think we can post a good total on this wicket,” Umesh Yadav signed off.