Umesh Yadav, who was twice on a hat-trick in the match, claimed 4/45 in addition to his 6/88 in the first innings. @ PTI
Umesh Yadav, who was twice on a hat-trick in the match, claimed 4/45 in addition to his 6/88 in the first innings. @ PTI

The second Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Upal, Hyderabad where India registered a clinical 10-wicket win over West Indies to seal the series 2-0 was just Umesh Yadav’s fourth Test this year. Umesh, who was twice on a hat-trick in the match, claimed 4/45 in addition to his 6/88 in the first innings which made him only the third Indian pacer after Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath to claim 10 wickets in a home Test.

With the Australia tour in sight, Umesh s performance at the right time has created a pleasant headache for the think tank specially after pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were rested.

It can be a frustrating profession when you sit on the bench like Umesh for four Tests. Only 11 can play. He got his opportunity here and I’m very happy for him. It’s been done only four times [ten-for for a pacer in India]. What this will do is make him believe that he belongs. He can say now that he wants his place. That’s given us a headache. He was on target, Shastri said after the match that ended in three days on Sunday.

The comprehensive victory meant India walk away with many positives. When we’re playing at home, it’s easy to get complacent. We wanted to develop on the good habits. Being professional, closing out the sessions. You get a partnership and drive home the advantage. That sort of stuff, Shastri said.

The Mumbai veteran was all praise for one major positive in the team, being young Prithvi Shaw, who registered scores of 70 and 33* at Hyderabad. Shaw is born to play cricket. You can see the years he has already put in at the age of 19. I believe he’s been playing since 8. That’s already a decade. When I saw him first, he reminded a bit of Sachin Tendulkar, and a bit of Viru [Virender Sehwag]. When he walks, there’s a bit of Lara [Brian Lara]. If he can keep his head on his shoulders and keep the work ethic, he has a bright future, he said.

Shastri also hinted that young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant might have sealed his place with his all-round show. Pant is another name. He got his opportunity, he grabbed it, now he has consolidated it. [About Wriddhiman Saha returning and challenging Pant] You’ve got to go on current form, Shastri said.