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Yadav's pace and skill impress former Windies quick

Umesh Yadav may not scare people to death with his pace, but he can move the ball enough to be a handful in international cricket, feels former West Indies pace ace Ian Bishop. Somshuvra Laha reports.

cricket Updated: Nov 16, 2011 23:58 IST
Somshuvra Laha
Somshuvra Laha

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Umesh Yadav may not scare people to death with his pace, but he can move the ball enough to be a handful in international cricket, feels former West Indies pace ace Ian Bishop.

"He's got pace. He is a hard worker. I guess when you are young and fresh to international cricket, you will run in hard," said Bishop, who is a TV commentator in the ongoing series.

"Not that at 140km/hr, you can scare people to death but you need to do something with the ball as well. Yadav has shown he is capable of doing that," said Bishop, who took 196 Test wickets opening the bowling for the West Indies with Curtley Ambrose in the 1990s.

"And he reverses the ball as well," added Bishop, clearly impressed by Yadav's skills.

Bowling fast
Yadav's first spell during an early morning start to Day 3 lasted two overs, one of them a maiden, but he was already clocking above 140km/hr. It was a brief prelude to what was coming from him. When called on to bowl his second spell, Yadav took only one over to settle but after that he had West Indies in trouble.

His first scalp came off a good-length ball that angled across Darren Bravo, who was guilty of not fully committing to his forward defensive shot and dragged the ball onto his stumps.

Next over, Marlon Samuels was drawn into playing a shot with the ball angling in, only for it to straighten enough to beat him and send his off and middle stumps flying.

West Indies captain Darren Sammy arrived at the crease and Yadav hurled a yorker at him first up. The West Indies captain nearly lost his balance but managed to keep it out.

Earning respect
"I think he has bowling good line and length. He's bowling 90 miles an hour so and any bowler who can bowl at that speed is special. There are not many bowlers around who will bowl at that speed," said West Indies opener Adrian Barath, who fell to Yadav in the first innings on Tuesday.

He had edged to Virender Sehwag after being squared up by a good-length ball that took off after pitching.

"It will be a test for him as Test cricket is a different type of game. But he has what it takes," added the visibly impressed Barath.