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India vs West Indies: Our batsmen adept at playing short balls, says Umesh Yadav

India and the West Indies will clash in the fifth and final One-Day International of the series in Kingston on Thursday.

india-vs-west-indies-2017 Updated: Jul 06, 2017, 12:21 IST
Khurram Habib
Khurram Habib
Hindustan Times, Kingston (Jamaica)
Umesh Yadav has been leading India’s pace attack against the West Indies in the Caribbean.
Umesh Yadav has been leading India’s pace attack against the West Indies in the Caribbean.(AFP)

With Virat Kohli and other Indian batsmen getting tested by short deliveries, the focus is back on India’s weakness against that type of bowling.

West Indies captain Jason Holder on Wednesday said that most batsmen struggle against good, short-pitched bowling and there is no doubt that they, having tasted blood, are going to go all out against the Indians.

“We would like to certainly test them with short deliveries,” he said while speaking to the media.

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Virat Kohli was dismissed by a short ball from his West Indian counterpart in the fourth ODI and was taken by surprise by a steep delivery in the third one-dayer too, failing to keep the shot down and get out.

Others like MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane too were tested.

However, India pace bowler Umesh Yadav dismissed it as a one-off instance. The right-arm pacer, who picked three in the last match, says that it was more of the wicket that caused them discomfort and not the batsmen’s inability to play short balls.

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“I don’t think (facing) short ball is a problem. It happened in the last match because the pitch was double paced, some balls were coming slow while some others were coming very quick. So that’s why it happened. Otherwise there’s no problem. Everyone is adept at playing the short balls. As I said the Antigua wicket was two-paced, the ball was not coming onto the bat. It was difficult to hit it,” he reasoned.

Yadav said that they have been playing good cricket and there is no cause to worry.

“We are playing good cricket, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, we take positives from the previous match and are just trying to get better. We want to finish on the right note,” he added.

Asked if it will be a disappointment were India to lose Thursday’s final ODI and share the series, Yadav said, “We are focussing on the processes, so we are trying our best. We are not thinking about what the result will be.”

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The wicket here at Kingston will however support the batsmen if Holder’s assessment is to be believed. The West Indies skipper said that the Sabina Park pitch has been traditionally a batting paradise.

Speaking about his own bowling, Umesh said that he was advised by Zaheer to learn from mistakes when young and find out how to deal with different situations.

Umesh added that pace is everything for him as if it were not for his pace, he may not have been here. “I try to work on my swing, seam everything keeping my actual pace intact,” he added.

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