Umesh Yadav took three crucial wicket for KKR on Saturday © IANS
Umesh Yadav took three crucial wicket for KKR on Saturday © IANS

Umesh Yadav, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pacer, who had an excellent figure of three for 24 in his four over in the game against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Saturday at Pune, said he was very confident while bowling to Glenn Maxwell, who is probably the most aggressive batsman of World Cricket at this moment. He eventually go the wicket of Maxwell, when the Aussie tried to hit him out of the ground, but managed to get caught in the deep.  READ: Andre Russell’s blitz helps Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 4 wickets in Match 14 of IPL 2015

In an interview with IPlt20.com, the Nagpur boy said, ” It is difficult to bowl to him because when he comes to bat he just moves too much from the wicket, sometimes to the off-side or sometimes to the leg-side. So it is difficult to bowl to him. But I knew and I was confident that when he moves I will not follow him but I will just I keep at the wicket only.”

He further added, “My target was to bowl at the three stumps only so whenever he is going down the leg I am bowling at the wicket. And when he came towards the off-stump I was trying to vary the deliveries, bowl a slower one or yorker, whichever is required. So I bowled the slower ball and got him.”

Yadav also complemented his opening bowling partner, Morne Morkel and KKR’s bowling coach Wasim Akram for his success. Talking about Morkel, he said, “We form a good combination because my job is to swing the ball and get the batsman out on the length ball, by getting him to drive. Morne has height and can get the bounce, so he tries bowling back of a length and bowling at the batsman’s body.  I have pace but also swing. So I try bowl to the batsman in one area, make it difficult for him and to get him play every ball so I can have a chance of getting him out caught behind or trap him lbw.”

While complementing Akram, the ever smiling pacer told, “I have learnt a lot from him. I enjoy working with him. He talks about swing and controlling the ball. The more you are able to control the ball the better you will be able to control the swing. So he tells me how to control the ball. For example, the wrist position – it should lock, the two main fingers should be behind the seam, and so on.”