Yadav can be a match-winner for India: Gambhir

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Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 15:59 [IST]
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Yadav, batsman's nightmare: Gambhir

Adelaide, Feb 14: ThoughIndia did not fare well in the four match Test series, the team management definitely has a reason to smile, as Umesh Yadav has been a find of the tour and the possible answer for India cannot produce fast bowlers, as India's opening batsman Gautam Gambhir terms the youngster as the find of the tour.

The Delhi opening batsman backed the talented youngster as he performed extremely well to contain Michael Clarke and Peter Forrest during the Powerplay and at the death overs as he played a competitive match on Jan 27 prior to his performance against Australia on February 12, 2012.

"Someone who can hit the deck hard and bowl 150 consistently can rattle any batsman in the world, even the greats … 150 coming at you is always tough to face. Especially in the middle overs. The way he bowled for those two crucial wickets was fantastic. More than the wickets, 149-150 consistently is a great find, and hopefully we can try and develop him as a match-winner for us. Still early days, hopefully he can go on for a long time, and try and take lots and lots of wickets," Gambhir said.

Since India went with two specialist spinners for the Twenty20 Internationals and also managed with a group of part-time spinners. Since they continued with the same combination for the first one-dayer also, there was no place to include Umesh Yadav in the playing XI. Moreover, Praveen Kumar and Vinay Kumar occupied the two pacers' slots while Zaheer Khan, too recovered from his knee niggle and returned to the playing XI as the third pacer.

This move also suggests there was apparently lack of confidence in Yadav until the game against Australia on Sunday. It could be due to his lack of control in Tests, as he conceded runs at 4.66 per over and a series average of 39.35 despite a decent strike rate of a wicket every 50.5 balls, the best among Indian bowlers in the series.

"There has always been a rotation policy," Gambhir said. "PK (Praveen Kumar) bowled well when he last came to Australia, and with two new balls he could have done well. But then Umesh, as we have seen, against Australia, on such a flat track, bowling that well, hopefully now he should play a lot more games."

Now, that he has been performing well, they might continue to play him consistently. Since his performance was the only highlight apart from Virat Kohli's performance, as Gautam Gambhir termed it, he is definitely the find of the tour for India.


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