Promising Yadav needs a bit of experience: Lawson

Published: Tuesday, December 27, 2011, 9:35 [IST]
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Yadav is promising, but needs experience

Melbourne, Dec 27: Young India pacer Umesh Yadav is very promising and his "old-fashioned side-on" style of bowling will fetch him more wickets in future once he gathers a bit of experience, believes former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson.

Yadav was the pick of Indian bowlers as he returned with a three-wicket haul scalping David Warner, Shaun Marsh and Ricky Ponting in the first two sessions on the opening day of the first cricket Test against Australia on Monday.

"Hes a very side-on, old-fashioned fast bowler. Thats why he bowls fast and bowls out-swingers," Lawson told The Australian.

"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 Yadavs doing it at 145, 148 (km/h) sometimes. So if you can do that then you are going to get a lot of good players out."

The 54-year-old former Pakistan coach feels Yadav could have scalped more wickets if a proper field was in place for the tearaway pacer who touched the 150km/h mark today.

"Hes only a young guy. A good, strong guy. So hes quite promising. He just needs to get a bit more experience behind him," Lawson observed.

"And theyve got to learn to set some proper fields for him on Australian wickets. Which means a few more behind the wickets on the off side.

"Thats probably cost him 30 runs today. Through third man, through third slip. But other than that hes bowled delightfully well," he added.


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