Umesh Yadav reveals secret behind his lethal spell vs Australia on Day 3

Umesh Yadav discussed India’s pace bowling performance with fellow pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar after Australia’s spectacular collapse on Day 3 of the fourth Test in Dharamsala.

cricket Updated: Mar 27, 2017 23:10 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
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India's Umesh Yadav (left) and Ajinkya Rahane celebrate the dismissal of Australia's Nathan Lyon in Dharamsala on Monday. (Reuters)

Umesh Yadav enjoyed a brilliant spell with the ball early in Australia’s second innings on Day 3 of the fourth Test in Dharamsala, as he claimed two wickets, before adding another towards the end of the innings, to help India bowl out the visitors for a paltry total of 137 runs.

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The pacer’s prolific spell saw him generate considerable bounce from the track, earning him the wickets of openers David Warner and Matt Renshaw. He also claimed the scalp of Nathan Lyon later in the day.

Following Australia’s spectacular collapse, Umesh discussed India’s pace bowling performance with fellow pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who claimed the crucial wicket of Steve Smith, in a video shared on

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“The way their pacers were bowling bouncers, especially Pat Cummins, the plan in the second innings was to bowl as many bouncers as possible,” said Yadav.

“We had to win the match and this being the last Test of the season, I felt that we had to give some effort,” he added.

The speedster revealed that part of the reason behind his bouncers was that he himself had been served a few bouncers while batting, and wanted to give back to the Australians in kind.

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“When I was batting, I received two-three bouncers. After going back (to the dressing room), I decided that I would show them I can bowl bouncers too. At the same time, I had to make sure that I kept control while being aggressive,” said Yadav.

Bhuvneshwar himself revealed that he bowled a bouncer early in Australia’s innings to David Warner because he wanted to have a go at the opener for a taunt he had made during India’s innings.

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“When I had gone to bat, Pat Cummins was bowling. Warner was asking me if he was bowling too fast, so when I served him the bouncer, I asked him if this was too fast,” Bhuvneshwar said.

First Published: Mar 27, 2017 22:16 IST