The experts always criticize Umesh Yadav for his tendency to lose line and length regularly.
As per the experts, Umesh tries to do too much when he is at bowling crease. In almost all his spells, he goes for more and more pace and thus, ends up falling on the pads of the batsman or giving him too much room.
But, in the Pakistan encounter yesterday in South Australia, Umesh showed how great an asset pace can prove to be.
The Nagpur bowler though started typically bowling some rubbish deliveries and giving easy runs away, but, he came back for his second spell in a very good rhythm.
The match was delicately poised at that time with Pakistan having crossed the 100 mark at the loss of only 2 wickets.
Somebody had to break the game there for India and it was Umesh who did it. He bowled like an absolute express. He did not get his line right, but, he beat a couple of key Pakistani batsmen with his sheer pace.
First one was Ahmed Shehzad who was just at a distance of 4 runs from his half century. He misplaced a cut shot into the hands of backward point and then, another 5th stump delivery in the same over was guided to the wide second slip by the next man in, Sohaib Maqsood.
Both the batsmen got their shots wrong because they were hurried by the pace.
If those deliveries were slightly slower, Shehzad would have played that cut in front of square, while, Maqsood would have successfully dabbed it towards third man.
Now, having seen the influence that Umesh created with the pace, MS Dhoni, the Indian captain, might encourage him to bowl fast only in the coming games as well.
India’s next game is against South Africa this Sunday.