Pacer Umesh Yadav has said that England could have done better than their Day 1 score of 268 for 8 given the Indian spinners were not getting enough turn on the Mohali wicket. Umesh also gave credit to coach Anil Kumble and Sanjay Bangar for helping him become a better bowler.
Despite winning the toss, England couldn’t cash in on that as they lost eight wickets for 268 by the end of the first day of the third Test between India and England at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. Although skipper Alastair Cook and prodigious opener Haseeb Hameed showed early promise, Indian bowlers struck back really well to reduce them to 92/4 at lunch. Had it not been a valiant 89 runs from wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow, things could have been much worse for the visitors.
Reflecting on the day’s performance, pacer Umesh Yadav, who picked up two wickets conceding only 58 runs, said that England could have done much better than where they are at now.
He said, “Normally, the
Given the Indian winter provides some early assistance to pacers,
“It’s a bit cold and there was some moisture in the wicket,” said Umesh. “The ball was moving. It’s not that if the wicket is flat, the new ball won’t swing. The new ball will swing if you have faith.
“The wicket hasn’t changed much. Some balls may have gone up and down, but I think the pace off the wicket is the same. It’s a bit difficult when the ball gets old as you won’t get pace and carry with the ball getting soft. That was a factor. But there is still something in the wicket.”
Speaking about his wicket-drought despite showing his incisive approach almost in every match, Umesh said, “I am improving day by day, with each match that I am playing. I talk to my coaches Anil Bhai (Kumble) and Sanjay Bhai (Bangar). Being
Indian fielders missed as many as four catches on the first day. Had they latched onto those chances that came their way, then the dice could heavily be rolled in
On being asked about those missed chances, Umesh said, “In cricket, it happens. Teammates will take brilliant catches and drop some easy ones. It’s part and parcel of the game. You can’t be disappointed as you have to try and create more chances. In cricket, you can’t grab every catch that comes your way. We have some of the best fielders in our side, and it (dropping catches) happens with all teams.”