Monday, September 16, 2019
News

Healthy rivalry augurs well for team's pace attack: Umesh

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

St. Johns (Antigua) | Tuesday, 2019 5:15:06 PM IST
Fast bowler Umesh Yadav believes that the current competition among the Indian pacers to seal a spot in the playing XI augurs well for the team and helps all the players to improve individually.

Umesh, who had a brilliant domestic season in 2016-17, haven't got as much of an opportunity to play as he would have hoped for because of the consistency found by Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Also, with Jasprit Bumrah coming up the ranks in Test cricket, the Indian pace attack has become a highly-competitive space to be in.

The Vidarbha pacer, who has been an integral part of India's Test setup for more than four years now, has not played for India since last eight months. During the historic Australian tour which India won 2-1, Umesh had warmed benches for majority of that tour.

"When you know that you're going to be playing back-to-back Test matches, you also need that kind of a bench-strength," he said while talking to reporters.

"All the fast bowlers know there is a good competition and that everyone is going to get an opportunity. Whoever does well, will get to play more. If we think in that manner, it's good for us because we will try to improve ourselves," he added.

He revealed that after this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) where he played with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), he went back to his coach Sobrato Banerjee at the academy in Vidarbha to work on his bowling.

"I gave myself some time to work on my errors and get my rhythm back," Umesh said. "I worked on my lengths. It happens with fast bowlers, when you are playing in different countries. You're unable to settle to a specific length. I worked on that.

"There are times when everything is going good but your mind is distracted thinking that things are not going the way you want it to be going. To get away and think, that space of mind is important. I did the same. I went home, spoke to my coach, cleared my thoughts and got clarity.

"You need an off-time because it is only during your off-time that you can re-channelise your mindset. I worked with my coach and asked him for his opinion. He was very positive and that's what you want.

"When you get that positivity, you're confident that you're getting better. I even spoke to the batsmen and the support staff (in the Indian team), and they also said that 'whatever you've been doing, it seems to be working'," he added.

Umesh showed signs of form in the lone three-day practice game against West Indies A and returned with figures of 3/19 in the first innings.

He admitted the performance boosted his confidence and he is ready to go. "I bowled the kind of deliveries I wanted to. I focused on the areas that I wanted to bowl, and I managed to bowl there.

--IANS aak/in

( 506 Words)

2019-08-20-11:14:03 (IANS)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
 
MORE SPORTS NEWS
England catch up with Australia in ICC W...
Champions League returns to Sony Network...
Dabang Delhi beat Gujarat Fortunegiants ...
Patna Pirates beat Puneri Paltan 55-33...
Still learning how to get the best out o...
For the first time in 47 years, Ashes en...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
CBI summons ex-top cop Rajeev Kumar for ...
SC seeks response from Centre, J-K, on V...
AP: Two die in road accident in Krishna ...
SP MLAs and workers taken into preventiv...
We'll soon take a decision: Fadnavis on ...
SC allows Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit J-K...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Groovy Madhuri Dixit poses with Wiz... 
Pak is deep in communal milieu: B'd... 
Scale up operations, exports: Prasa... 
Champions League returns to Sony Ne... 
Banks' 2018-19 savings deposits up ... 
Australian dies while fleeing swoop... 
J-K: SAC approves creation of offic... 
We want Messi to play: Marco Reus a...