Adaptation will be the key in England series, says Umesh Yadav

Umesh Yadav says he is raring to play for the Indian team and display his skills to the world Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Oct 3, 2011

Umesh Yadav is one of the young guns to feature in the Indian team in the upcoming One-Day International (ODI) series against England. Considered to be a ‘revenge’ series, all eyes will be on the recently-announced Indian team which comprises inexperienced and untested cricketers.

But the Vidarbha pacer is unfazed by the media attention he is getting. Instead he sounds confident and raring to play for the country.

He said, “I am glad to have received this chance. It’s a dream to get an opportunity to play in front of the home crowd.”

“I know the team is for the first two ODIs, but if I get a chance, I will grab it with both hands,” said Umesh.

Umesh said he is itching to perform at the world stage, and wants to justify his selection in the limited-over format. He said, “I want the world to see what I can do.”

“Ever since the tour to South Africa, I have been working on my bowling.”

Umesh credited his coach Subroto Banerjee for the personal coaching and development of his bowling skills in last few years. He was quoted in Mail Today as saying, “My coach Subroto Banerjee helped me a lot and I worked a lot at the academy in Nagpur,” he said.

Umesh knows that playing for India will be a big responsibility and he will have to adjust according to team’s requirements.

“If I get a chance, I will bowl according the situation and whatever the team demands.”

“One can’t go flat out all the time in our wickets against a good batting attack. Variations will be the key.” Umesh had a decent outing in the Emerging Players’ Tournament and, along with Varun Aaron, is considered the fastest bowler in the country.

But will the dry, unfriendly wickets in India create hindrance for the pacer? Umesh feels adaptation will be the key for the fast bowlers in home conditions to perform.

“A good fast bowler has to bowl well on any track. You can’t expect bowling wickets most of the times,” he said.

Umesh is part of the Rest of India squad for the Irani Trophy match against Rajasthan, being played in Jaipur, and said that his current target is to do well in the Irani match and then think about the one-dayers.