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Umesh is good, just needs experience: Lawson

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.

india Updated: Dec 26, 2011 23:25 IST
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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.”

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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.”

First Published: Dec 26, 2011 23:22 IST