Umesh Yadav

Umesh Yadav

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Rookie fast bowler Umesh Yadav has played a big part in India’s dominant position in the ongoing second Test against West Indies at Eden Gardens.

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The strapping lad has match figures of four for 59 with India just seven wickets away from bowling out West Indies for the second time in the match.

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Former India pacers Subroto Banerjee and Javagal Srinath believe Yadav can only get quicker and will make the most of the conditions on India’s upcoming tour Down Under. Rookie fast bowler Umesh Yadav has played a big part in India’s dominant position in the ongoing second Test against West Indies at Eden Gardens.

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The strapping lad has match figures of four for 59 with India just seven wickets away from bowling out West Indies for the second time in the match.

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Though Yadav is playing only his second Test, he was earmarked by bowling coach Eric Simons as a long-term investment when the previous team management headed by Gary Kirsten met at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) after India’s early exit in the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup.

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Yadav travelled to Sri Lanka and South Africa last year as part of the Test squad. In fact, he was taken to Sri Lanka along with Jaidev Unadkat just for experience. He was tipped to make his Test debut at Centurion against South Africa last December when Zaheer Khan broke down. Unadkat, who got the final nod, failed to strike on debut. It was the fourth day of that Test and South Africa were well on their way to a comfortable win.

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Just as the hosts were preparing for the final rites, Simons (also bowling coach of Yadav’s IPL side, Delhi Daredevils) was working diligently with Yadav at the Titans academy in SuperSport Park. Yadav repeatedly landed the ball on the spot prescribed by Simons.

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Both were oblivious to the fact that a Test was underway, their team getting battered by Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. Simons, whose dedication has drawn praise, was silently sowing the seeds for the future.

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