Umesh May Be Frustrated Figure As Jasprit Bumrah May Start With New Ball Alongside Bhuvneshwar


New Delhi: Having soldiered on during the long phase of home Tests in 2016-17, playing 12 out of 13 Tests, and travelled to the West Indies before that and faced Sri Lanka away and at home – he took 35 wickets at home, then six each against Sri Lanka in the two legs from five Tests -- Umesh was a frustrated figure as the team management thrust Jasprit Bumrah into the new ball role along side Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He is pretty much India’s fastest bowler, but Umesh Yadav must have felt like a caged tiger on the Test series in South Africa in January.

The combination was an instant hit against the Proteas, enabling India to take 20 wickets in each of the three Tests – India lost the series 1-2 – and Umesh did not get the chance to let it rip on some of the fastest pitches in the world.

However, having warmed up in the one-off Test against Afghanistan in June, and the thumb fracture to Jasprit Bumrah in the first T20 against Ireland, at the start of the tour, has made Umesh a part of the three-man Test attack, with Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.

Umesh Yadav bowled well in parts in the Edgbaston Test. India’s three pacers shared 12 wickets at an average of 23. Umesh, who returned 1/56 from 17 overs in the first innings, bowled only seven overs in the England second innings but took the two crucial wickets of Sam Curran, who blasted 63, and Adil Rashid (16), who featured in a 48-run eighth wicket stand that proved decisive in the end.

On Tuesday, Umesh bowled really quick, troubling all India batsmen at the Lord’s nets. “Top ball”, Virat Kohli commented after one delivery beat the Indian skipper.

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