Young pacer Umesh Yadav is very promising and his “old-fashioned side-on” action will fetch him more wickets once he gains a bit of experience, according to former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson.
“He’s a very side-on, old-fashioned fast bowler. That's why he bowls fast and bowls out-swingers,” Lawson told the Australian media.
“He reminds me of (South African) Vernon Philander, only that he bowls quicker than Vernon. But they both get the seam up and bowl out-swingers, and Yadav’s doing it at 145, 148 (kph) sometimes. So, if you can do that then you are going to get a lot of good players out.”
The 54-year-old former Pakistan coach feels Yadav could have taken more wickets if a proper field had been in place for the tearaway pacer, who touched the 150 kph mark. “He’s only a young guy. A good, strong guy, so he’s quite promising. He just needs to get a bit more experience behind him,” Lawson said.
“And they’ve got to learn to set some proper fields for him on Australian wicket, which means a few more behind the wickets on the off side.
“That’s probably cost him 30 runs today, through third man, through third slip. But other than that, he’s bowled delightfully well.”