Umesh Yadav replicates Ishant Sharma's four year feat Down Under

Umesh Yadav was responsible for the dismissals of David Warner, Shaun Marsh and Ricky Ponting Getty Images

Melbourne: Dec 26, 2011

Umesh Yadav’s fiery spell at the Boxing Day Test was reminiscent of his Indian teammate Ishant Sharma’s spells of burst when India toured Down Under four years ago.

Sharma has more or less been a regular in the Test team since he famously dismissed then Australia captain Ricky Ponting with a snorter in the Perth Test of 2008.

Yadav, much like his senior partner, has attracted attention after foxing Ponting with a pacy away going delivery on the opening day of the first Test here at the sprawling Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The 24-year-old, arguably India’s fastest bowler alongside injured Varun Aaron, was also responsible for the dismissals of the explosive David Warner and talented Shaun Marsh.

Yadav constantly cranked up speed of 140 kmph or more, troubling the batsmen, including Ponting. The best testimony to his raw pace was when a rising ball of his got the grille of Ponting’s helmet.

He also released pressure on team’s spearhead Zaheer Khan by providing the early breakthrough, letting the left-arm pacer to take his time to come back into rhythm.

The Nagpur cricketer though would like to improve upon his economy rate, his three wickets cost 96 runs in 20 overs.(IANS)