Home > Features >

India vs England 2014, 4th Test at Old Trafford: Should Umesh Yadav be sent as cover for Ishant Sharma?

Ishant Sharma (left) is not likely to play the fourth Test at Old Trafford © Getty Images
Ishant Sharma (left) is not likely to play the fourth Test at Old Trafford © Getty Images

Ishant Sharma, the hero of Lord’s, injured himself and is a doubtful starter for the fourth Test as well. It is a big blow for India as they have inexperience on the bench to replace him. Nishad Pai Vaidya discusses whether India should call-up Umesh Yadav as a cover.

Following the high at Lord’s India were grounded at Southampton. And to make it worse for India, skipper MS Dhoni announced at the post-match presentation that the star of Lord’s, Ishant Sharma, is a doubtful starter for the fourth Test at Manchester. It is a huge blow to India, with their bowlers struggling to make a mark at Southampton. Though they have the numbers on the bench in that department, the lack of experience would be a worry, for Varun Aaron and Ishwar Pandey have played just one Test between them. What should India do in such a situation?

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one bowler who would hold on to his spot for Manchester given the fact that he has had a good overall series. There is a bit of an injury cloud around him though, as reports suggest. Pankaj Singh and Mohammed Shami are the ones who may face the heat. Though Pankaj bowled very well, luck eluded him and he couldn’t take a wicket in the match. It all goes back to that catch of Alastair Cook that was spilled in the first innings. Things could have been very different had Ravindra Jadeja latched on to it. On the other hand, Shami hasn’t found consistency for a while now.

A suggestion that came from one of the commentators was that India could do well to call up Umesh Yadav, who has finished a decent series in Australia. Yadav had recently played against Bangladesh in that three-match One-Day International (ODI) series and then went to Australia for the India A side. In the second match in that series, he took a fifer. Yadav has not played a Test since the November 2012, which was against England at Ahmedabad.

The selectors may consider putting him on a flight as cover. Yadav is a naturally fast bowler, and is a wicket-taker. Though he can be a touch expensive, he is one man who can bring value to the side. Aaron too shares similar qualities, but Yadav seems to be a little more dependable. Having said that, Aaron also had a very good domestic season for Jharkhand, and was one of the most consistent bowlers in the Ranji Trophy.

There is one major worry for India, as one of the commentators mentioned. The players on the bench haven’t had a game since the practice matches before the first Test at Nottingham. Aaron played in the first week of July. On the other hand, Yadav’s last game started on July 13. But, even if Yadav is considered, he wouldn’t have bowled in a game for almost three weeks when the fourth Test begins on August 7.

Sending Yadav to England as a cover may be a good idea, as it may give MS Dhoni another option with Ishant struggling to find fitness. When compared to the others, Yadav would have had the most recent match practice, but that too may not be enough to judge his rhythm on August 7.

Complete coverage of India’s tour of England 2014

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_45)

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Sep 13, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Gros Islet, St Lucia

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Raipur

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Raipur

World T20 League 2014

Sep 17, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Sep 18, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali


World T20 League 2014

Sep 14, 2014  at Raipur

Mumbai Indians won by 9 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 14, 2014  at Raipur

Northern Knights won by 72 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 13, 2014  at Raipur

Lahore Lions won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 13, 2014  at Raipur

Northern Knights won by 7 wkts

Scotland tour of Ireland, 2014

Sep 12, 2014  at Dublin

Scotland won by 8 wkts


India tour of England 2014: Highlights


Ajmal addresses media after being suspended

West Indies in complete command of 2nd Test against Bangladesh at Gros Islet

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in CLT20 2014 Preview: A pack of world-class players

Saeed Ajmal’s suspension: ICC catches big fish to send strong message on suspect actions

Kolkata Knight Riders in CLT20 2014: Heavyweights who stand an excellent chance of going the distance

Cape Cobras in CLT20 2014 Preview: South African unit high on quality

Bangladesh Bangladesh vs West Indies Bangladesh vs West Indies 2014 Champions League T20 2014 CLT20 CLT20 2014 Lahore Lions vs Mumbai Indians Lahore vs MI MI vs Lahore Mumbai Indians Mumbai Indians vs Lahore Lions Southern Express West Indies West Indies vs Bangladesh West Indies vs Bangladesh 2014

Kings XI Punjab mocks Delhi Daredevils on Twitter

Southern Express vs Lahore Lions Live Streaming CLT20 2014 5th Qualifying Match at Raipur

Champions League T20 Live Cricket Scorecard: Southern Express vs Lahore Lions CLT20 2014 5th Qualifying match at Raipur

Southern Express vs Lahore Lions Live Cricket Score CLT20 2014 5th Qualifying Match at Raipur

Misbah-ul-Haq retained as Pakistan’s Test and ODI skipper until ICC World Cup 2015

Dolphins in CLT20 2014 Preview: South African champions can be a surprise package

Perth Scorchers in CLT20 2014 Preview: BBL champions start as underdogs

Jonty Rhodes — what if the famous leap to run-out Inzamam-ul-Haq hadn’t come off

Hansie Cronje — once he was a harmless, carefree prankster

Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014: Lahore Lions’ fate mimics that of Pakistan

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

635 Posts | 7 Fans

Yuvraj Singh in Anupam Kher show

Xiaomi Redmi 1S sold in seconds, fortunately Flipkart did not crash

Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to work with director Shankar!

Xiaomi Redmi 1S sold out in seconds again in third Flipkart flash sale

Intex Aqua T2 is the cheapest Android KitKat smartphone in India, priced at Rs 2,699

Fawad Khan: Aamir Khan is inspiring as a person and an actor!

Revealed — medicines for mild hypertension may not be needed

Top Oral Sex Positions: The Face Sitter

Shahid Afridi appointed captain of Pakistan T20 squad till 2016 World Cup

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here