Umesh Yadav made sure that he claims the first of the remaining five wickets to give India the momentum © AFP
Umesh Yadav made sure that he claims the first of the remaining five wickets to give India the momentum © AFP

Umesh Yadav stated that he was in a desperate mood to claim a wicket when Virat Kohli send him down to bowl the first over after tea on Day 5 of the fourth Test against South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Monday. South Africa, who too were in a desperate attempt to shield every single ball, make sure that they push the match for a draw. However, Yadav made sure that he claims the first of the remaining five wickets to give India the momentum and claim the rest of the wickets with an ease to make sure India win it comfortably and earn a 3-0 win over the visitors. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs South Africa 2015, 4th Test at Delhi

In an interview with bcci.tv, Yadav said, “I told myself that this is the last Test match I am going to play for the next six months. And this moment – the chance to beat South Africa 3-0 by winning a Test like this – will never come back again. I knew that one wicket would open things up for us. All I wanted was that one wicket.” Umesh Yadav: South Africa cannot last Day 5 by just blocking

It didn’t take him too long as the fifth ball after tea did the trick and his next couple of over too turned out to be gold as he dismissed Kyle Abbott and Dane Piedt respectively with few beautiful deliveries. “We had a word in the dressing room during the tea break that it won’t be a bad idea to bowl with a slingy action, because it would help me swing the ball more,” Umesh said. “I tried it and it worked – I got the ball to reverse more than usual because of that action. Also, since it was swinging late, the batsmen were confused whether it would come in or go away,” he added. Umesh Yadav picks up 50 wickets in Tests during India vs South Africa 2015, 4th Test, Day 2

The ending spell of Yadav was 6-6-0-3, while it read 21-16-9-3 for the innings. “Throughout my Test career, I have played a match here or a couple there; never really had a few games at the stretch. But after this spell, my confidence has gone really high. I felt that whatever I have learnt so far, whether while playing Test cricket or going back to domestic cricket, I could make it count in this spell,” he concluded.