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Difficult To Contain Lower-order With SG Test Balls: Umesh Yadav

PTI | Updated: October 12, 2018, 8:12 PM IST

Hyderabad: Speedster Umesh Yadav on Friday joined the growing chorus of Indian players who feel 'SG Test' ball is not ideal, saying the bowlers are unable to run through the lower-order when it gets old.

India skipper Virat Kohli has already advocated the use of hand-made Dukes from England.

"If you are saying that lower order has scored runs, then you must realise that in India, with SG Test balls on these kind of flat tracks, you neither get pace nor bounce. So the option to use variations ends," Yadav said at the end of Day 1 of the second Test against West Indies.

"So (with SG) all you can do is to bowl one spot but then you will realise that nothing is happening even off the pitch nor is it swinging. So when middle and lower order comes in they know that ball has become soft and it doesn't come at a pace and batting becomes easier," said Umesh, who had figures of 3 for 83 from 23 overs.

"Tail-enders know that it will neither swing nor reverse. You just have to wait for something to happen and keep trying. But you can't really do it on such a big ground, the ones and twos keep coming. And West Indies' game is like that," he said.

Yadav also said that he was prepared for the long haul after Shardul Thakur's groin injury earlier in the day.

"Had Shardul been there, it would have been more help for the spinners. Like I got three wickets and if he could have chipped in with a couple, it would have only helped our team. But you can't really do anything in these situations as this is part and parcel of the game.

"If he (Shardul) is not there, I will have to bowl his quota of overs too and I knew he was not going to come back. I didn't want negativity to creep inside me that we are now one bowler short."

Umesh said his strategy was to go for wickets rather than trying to contain the batsmen, which was not the best option on a big ground.

"I decided that I had to take a chance. If I also tried to contain runs, it would be difficult as the partnership between Roston Chase and Jason Holder would only get bigger. So my aim was to get as many wickets as possible and I just tried. So it was something different that I tried," he said.

"The conditions (for batting) were good and we neither had conventional swing nor reverse. The wicket was flat and it was such a pitch where you couldn't have contained runs. As much as you try, the scoreboard kept ticking as they got the singles and doubles," he reasoned.

Finally, asked if it affected him that he has only been part of three out of the last 10 Tests that India have played, Yadav gave a matter-of-fact reply.

"If I keep thinking about the past, then I won't be able to focus on the future. It's past and I am looking ahead. I don't want to dwell on the matches that have gone by. My thinking is that I should try and perform well in the future matches and help my team," he said.

First Published: October 12, 2018, 7:45 PM IST

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