CB Series 2011-12 February 13, 2012

'Umesh is the find of the tour' - Gambhir

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Gautam Gambhir has termed Umesh Yadav the find of the tour, and India's possible answer to the fast bowlers who have tormented their batsmen for long. He said it was time people stopped saying India can't produce fast bowlers. However, Gambhir's optimism about Yadav doesn't quite reconcile with the team management's. Before Yadav played the game against Australia on February 12, he had last bowled in a competitive environment on January 27.

When he got a limited-overs game, though, Yadav bowled 10 overs for just 49, bowling inside Powerplays and at the death, removing two dangerous-looking batsmen, Michael Clarke and Peter Forrest. "Umesh for me is the find of the tour," Gambhir said. "Someone who can bowl 150 consistently. It's time we can give back to the opposition what we have been receiving for years and years.

"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 were fantastic. More than the wickets, 149-150 consistently is a great find, and hopefully we can try and develop him as a matchwinner for us. Still early days, hopefully he can go on for a long time, and try and take lots and lots of wickets."

When asked where Yadav had been all this while - on tour but not being played - Gambhir didn't quite have a concrete response. In both the Twenty20s, India went with two specialist spinners to go with a group of part-time spinners. They did the same in the first one-dayer. Then Zaheer Khan recovered from his knee niggle, and was back as the third quick.

There was an apparent lack of confidence in Yadav until the game against Australia. It could have had to do with his lack of control in Tests where he strayed onto the legs often and conceded runs at 4.66 per over, which took his series average to 39.35 despite a decent strike-rate of a wicket every 50.5 balls, the best among the 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."

Gambhir went on to rave about Yadav some more. "Someone who can bowl 150 is great for Indian cricket because we have been missing this for years and years. We talk a lot about our fast bowlers that they are not as quick, but someone like Umesh, I think, he is fantastic for us. Now people should stop talking we can't produce fast bowlers. He can clock 150 with semi-new ball, we have developed one."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • prakash_mishra on February 14, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    I feel its BCCI who is to be blamed for not production of quality fast bowlers in a country like India. You just can't blame conditions as if weather were to play greater role or the altitude, The Australia also have a pretty hot summer and matches here are also not played on mountain tops.Its the amount of grass on the pitch which provides ample assistance to the fast bowlers. India has traditionally been known for spinners but then you can't always bank on the older values. Change is inevitable, MRF pace academy should be shifted to somewhere like Mohali or even may be Dharmashala, Young talents should be detected early and enough care should be taken of them. A generation may be, but in years to come I am pretty sure India will produce some quality world standard pacers. Another tryout wud be sending some of them to play in English County(eg. Zaheer),Even domestic teams should be encouraged to play genuine pacers (imply such pitches so that they are forced to).

  • prakash_mishra on February 14, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    I don't agree much with Gambhir on this. Yadav has raw pace and can be a good wicket taking bowler but what you need to understand that even if you deliver four good deliveries, one half volley or short outside the off stump is like gifting the batsman with the most delicious of the cakes and they will capitalize on that.He needs to generate some swing especially if the condition permits.He has been very expensive specially in Sydney and Adelaide tests.He did bowl well at Melbourne and Perth coz the pitches supported extra bounce and was better bowling wickets for the pace bowlers compared to other two.Ishant and yadav are definitely the better bowlers in the Indian team at the moment but they are like just above average when you look at others.Zaheer is getting old and someone needs to take his place in terms of lethality and deceptiveness I feel yadav should be allowed to do what he wants to do and someone like Ishant should take more responsibility.God knows if that will ever happen

  • JustIPL on February 14, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    It is too early mate. He has not been any economical going for around 6 runs an over. He has speed but not economical

  • AvidCricFan on February 14, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    India can use rotation for aging and non-performer groups. The top order rotation takes care of aging part. The middle order rotation between Raina, Sharma and Tiwari can provide opportunities to Tiwari to show his mantle and rotation in bowling can give chance to Irfan Pathan. Some people calling for Jadeja's head should look at his performance on the field. He is by far the best fielder who can bowl and bat. He easily saves 15-20 runs on the field. The real non-performers India is persisting with is Lord Shewag, Raina and Rohit Sharma.

  • only_sehwag on February 14, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    why is gambhir talking so much?

  • cricket-is-passion on February 14, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    every says dropping Riana, am not a fan of Raian. I like Zak, and Irfan but Raina saves a lot of runs I think almost 15-20 runs. If u look at SA, Rohdes didnt bat well for a long time he was in playing 11 because of fielding only because they are worth to be in teh team to save several crucial runs and also taking tough catches. dropping one catch cud lead to a huge total that is how I look at it. any ways hope Dhoni atleast can take Irfan in place of somebody may be Zak is theonly option to replace I guess. we need to give him more chances to gain his confidence so he will be a getter option during our next world cup. lets see what happens, I wud say drop one of Gauti or Tendulkar and play Irfan...

  • msaurav on February 13, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    its not about why dhoni not playing irfan pathan.If the present bowlers are doing good so why there a need to change the combination.Vinay kumar bowled well,yadav also bowled fast and troubled the batsmen .The irfan is not in the standards of replacing zaheer or praveen..And irfan repalcing ravindra , ravindra is far better batsmen than irfan.Any bowler can have a bad day. And i think its time for manoj tiwari to gear up bcoz if rohit plays this way, though he is much more talented and got technique he is useless in overseas and against stroung opposition.So gud luck india for the next match .

  • rahulcricket007 on February 13, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    I WILL BE HAPPY IF THEY REST ZAHEER FOR ODI AGAINST SL & PLAY WITH IRFAN BY FOLLOWING THEIR ROTATIONAL POLICY .ZAHEER WILL BE CRUCIAL FOR INDIA IN FINALS . THIS WOULD GIVE IRFAN A CHANCE & ZAHEER SOME REST FOR MAIN MATCHES .

  • ProdigyA on February 13, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    I hear a lot of people saying that Ishant is a 145+ bowler. Pls guys, he was once upon a time, rite now he is nothing more than 130+. As someone here on cricinfo rightly put it, Ishant is a blowling machine without a brain. We had enough of him. Umesh looks good (fingers crossed), but his test will be in our Indian conditions, if he can bowl regularly close to 150. Importantly, he needs to stay away from our stupid bowling coaches who do nothing but kill the speed and talent of our boys.

  • on February 13, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    gambir is right umesh is a good find, and i think we finally found somone, who can replace the great zaheer khan, who has been the best bowler for india over the last decade, but umesh alone can't do it, india seriously need to brirng irfan pathan in. he is a very modest player, and if you make him wait any longer, then frustration will build up vinay kumar, can be given a break this game, or jadeja, cause irfan can bat just as well.

  • prakash_mishra on February 14, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    I feel its BCCI who is to be blamed for not production of quality fast bowlers in a country like India. You just can't blame conditions as if weather were to play greater role or the altitude, The Australia also have a pretty hot summer and matches here are also not played on mountain tops.Its the amount of grass on the pitch which provides ample assistance to the fast bowlers. India has traditionally been known for spinners but then you can't always bank on the older values. Change is inevitable, MRF pace academy should be shifted to somewhere like Mohali or even may be Dharmashala, Young talents should be detected early and enough care should be taken of them. A generation may be, but in years to come I am pretty sure India will produce some quality world standard pacers. Another tryout wud be sending some of them to play in English County(eg. Zaheer),Even domestic teams should be encouraged to play genuine pacers (imply such pitches so that they are forced to).

  • prakash_mishra on February 14, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    I don't agree much with Gambhir on this. Yadav has raw pace and can be a good wicket taking bowler but what you need to understand that even if you deliver four good deliveries, one half volley or short outside the off stump is like gifting the batsman with the most delicious of the cakes and they will capitalize on that.He needs to generate some swing especially if the condition permits.He has been very expensive specially in Sydney and Adelaide tests.He did bowl well at Melbourne and Perth coz the pitches supported extra bounce and was better bowling wickets for the pace bowlers compared to other two.Ishant and yadav are definitely the better bowlers in the Indian team at the moment but they are like just above average when you look at others.Zaheer is getting old and someone needs to take his place in terms of lethality and deceptiveness I feel yadav should be allowed to do what he wants to do and someone like Ishant should take more responsibility.God knows if that will ever happen

  • JustIPL on February 14, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    It is too early mate. He has not been any economical going for around 6 runs an over. He has speed but not economical

  • AvidCricFan on February 14, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    India can use rotation for aging and non-performer groups. The top order rotation takes care of aging part. The middle order rotation between Raina, Sharma and Tiwari can provide opportunities to Tiwari to show his mantle and rotation in bowling can give chance to Irfan Pathan. Some people calling for Jadeja's head should look at his performance on the field. He is by far the best fielder who can bowl and bat. He easily saves 15-20 runs on the field. The real non-performers India is persisting with is Lord Shewag, Raina and Rohit Sharma.

  • only_sehwag on February 14, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    why is gambhir talking so much?

  • cricket-is-passion on February 14, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    every says dropping Riana, am not a fan of Raian. I like Zak, and Irfan but Raina saves a lot of runs I think almost 15-20 runs. If u look at SA, Rohdes didnt bat well for a long time he was in playing 11 because of fielding only because they are worth to be in teh team to save several crucial runs and also taking tough catches. dropping one catch cud lead to a huge total that is how I look at it. any ways hope Dhoni atleast can take Irfan in place of somebody may be Zak is theonly option to replace I guess. we need to give him more chances to gain his confidence so he will be a getter option during our next world cup. lets see what happens, I wud say drop one of Gauti or Tendulkar and play Irfan...

  • msaurav on February 13, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    its not about why dhoni not playing irfan pathan.If the present bowlers are doing good so why there a need to change the combination.Vinay kumar bowled well,yadav also bowled fast and troubled the batsmen .The irfan is not in the standards of replacing zaheer or praveen..And irfan repalcing ravindra , ravindra is far better batsmen than irfan.Any bowler can have a bad day. And i think its time for manoj tiwari to gear up bcoz if rohit plays this way, though he is much more talented and got technique he is useless in overseas and against stroung opposition.So gud luck india for the next match .

  • rahulcricket007 on February 13, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    I WILL BE HAPPY IF THEY REST ZAHEER FOR ODI AGAINST SL & PLAY WITH IRFAN BY FOLLOWING THEIR ROTATIONAL POLICY .ZAHEER WILL BE CRUCIAL FOR INDIA IN FINALS . THIS WOULD GIVE IRFAN A CHANCE & ZAHEER SOME REST FOR MAIN MATCHES .

  • ProdigyA on February 13, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    I hear a lot of people saying that Ishant is a 145+ bowler. Pls guys, he was once upon a time, rite now he is nothing more than 130+. As someone here on cricinfo rightly put it, Ishant is a blowling machine without a brain. We had enough of him. Umesh looks good (fingers crossed), but his test will be in our Indian conditions, if he can bowl regularly close to 150. Importantly, he needs to stay away from our stupid bowling coaches who do nothing but kill the speed and talent of our boys.

  • on February 13, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    gambir is right umesh is a good find, and i think we finally found somone, who can replace the great zaheer khan, who has been the best bowler for india over the last decade, but umesh alone can't do it, india seriously need to brirng irfan pathan in. he is a very modest player, and if you make him wait any longer, then frustration will build up vinay kumar, can be given a break this game, or jadeja, cause irfan can bat just as well.

  • on February 13, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    MSD plz........ ur the captain u have to lead team in front tray to win dont tray to loose like last game ur good fineshier ....dont go for last over last mach ind win becozof.luck not that6 only becoz nb3rn.......no6 batsman ??30ball 8run??in od mach in my point indias best finisher one& only yuvi he was mach winner not dhoni good luck INDIA.......ind v sl sachin gautam give ind good start...& drop raina bring manojtiwary goob bats ....n .filder

  • on February 13, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    This has to be a new joke in Indian cricket...... First it was Irfan Pathan who was a find of the tour in 2003/2004, then it was Ishant Sharma , in 2007/2008, and we know what happened to Irfan .... the same will happen with Yadev, he will be forgotten after some time.

  • raks_pace on February 13, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    People who are saying India just have one bowler in this bowling lineup who hits 145+ are missing the point that pace cannot alone win matches. India have good variety on this tour with two lefties - Zaheer & Irfan, the swing bowlers - VK & PK and Umesh adds that extra pace element. Also there are players back in India like Ishant & Aaron who can bowl 145+ consistently.

    Just check the other teams around. They are all playing with the mix of quick and medium pace/swing bowlers. Nobody is going with all quicks. Even Australia played Lee and Tait together in very less number of matches.

  • on February 13, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    No matter how fast one bowls, it means nothing if he doesn't get wickets. I believe Yadav is responsible for letting AUS batsmen off the hook on many occasions when Zaheer/Ishant was bowling particularly well at other end. He simply bowls too many loose balls.

    Hope he learns from this tour.

  • SnowSnake on February 13, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Yes, Umesh is a good find, but Gambhir still got to retire.

  • on February 13, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    @VicGower I dont understand what your problem is. Gautam has told it right.. He didnt say we should stop the search for Fast bowlers. He is just saying, when you have one who can produce 150+ consistently, you should put him in the playing 11, rather than making him sit on the bench. These are very solid points and there is nothing to disagree about that. Playing spinners in Aus is like having an all-pace attack in India.

  • GAKUMAR77 on February 13, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Nice comment from srisri ....Hmmm.... we can rotate Sachin for Gambhir/Viru but NOT Sir Ravindra Jadeja for Irfan? Salute Sir Ravindra Jadeja. No idea how this jadeja is continuing in the team and he don't have all rounder capabilities at all. RG Sharma can bowl as like jadeja .. What he jadeja has Special capability Bowling/batting - Ordinary .. 6/7 position should be like robin Singh/ yuvaraj Singh/ .. He is just survivng just because of MR Dhoni..

  • cricpolitics on February 13, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Wait till he disappears like rest of the Indian seam bowlers who came with a lot of promise, Irfan Pathan, Sri Santh, RP Singh, Bala Ji to name few, and then disappeared as quick as they came.

  • Nampally on February 13, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    @srisri; Well said Sir! Sir Jadeja is untouchable & Pathan is a forgotten Man, as long as Dhoni is the captain. That is a "given". This so-called "Rotation" policy is a farcical nonsense. The real rotation should have been between Over 37 year old guys, Dravid,Tendulkar & Laxman in the Test series so that a talented young guy like Rohit Sharma gets a chance.Dhoni's guilty consience is being used to rotation of wrong guys - Top 3 - with Sehwag & Gambhir supposed to be at their prime & about the same age as Dhoni!. I would like to see a real rotation in the lower batting order- Jadeja,Pathan, Ashwin, Tiwary & Rahul Sharma - 2 out of 5.In the last 2 outings Vs. the Aussies, Jadeja the bowler was royally thrashed.Not much in batting but fielded well.Also rotation in the 3 seamers - ZAK,Vinay & Praveen - 2 out of 3 - to support Yadev. You will find apart from this farcical rotation, an unchanged other 9 in every game according to Dhoni Doctrine. So banish any thoughts of Pathan for Jadeja!

  • on February 13, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Nampally & Co...India's strategy always has been 4 regular bowlers. Jadeja if he bowls 10 is a bonus, the plan is the 5th bowler's quota goes to Jadeja, Rohit, Sehwag, Sachin & Kohli. In a 50 Ovrs game, Bhajji / Ashwin + Jadeja following Dhoni give him enough cover with the bat to go for broke in the last few overs. You are talking about 5 bowlers...without Jadeja. That puts a lot of pressure on the batsmen & if you have not spotted it, batting is actually India's weak link - they need more cover than bowlers....don't believe what the media says about India's batsmen - they are destructive under the foll. conditions - batsman-friendly pitch + batsman-friendly bowling attack.

  • on February 13, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Finding is one thing. But processing a raw find and converting to a productive bowler is most important. India fail in that aspect with almost every fast bowler

  • on February 13, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    UMESH WILL NOT REDUCE HIS PACE ATLEAST FOR NEXT 5 YEARS...BECAUSE HIS GOT FIT BODY AND STRENGTH AND HE IS GOT PACE WITHOUT MUCH EFORT..WHERE ISHANT ,RP,SREESANTH ALL BOWLED 145'S EARLY ON BUT ALL THOSE WERE EFFORT SPELLS AND NOT NATURALLY FAST BOWLERS..AARON AND UMESH GOT NATURAL PACE..UMESH WAS CLOCKING 147KS AGAINST WI ON BATTING PITCHES..UNLIKE ISHANT WHO BOWLS AT 135-140 ON INDIAN PITCHES..SO I DNT THINK HE CAN BE LESS THAN 140KS FOR SURE..HE IS NEXT BIG THING

  • VickGower on February 13, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Lot of people are agreeing with Gautam, and I am holding my head. India's got 4 bowlers on this tour right now who can't touch 140, versus one who can get over it, and for Gautam, now it's all good. Yikes! This is a continuation of the "we will see how Australia do when they visit India" mentality that he displayed before. Winning in India does not make up for this debacle of a tour; producing one pace bowler doesn't mean "people should stop talking we can't produce fast bowlers". You got ONE bowler in this team from a nation of 1.2 billion that tops 140. Smell the coffee, Gautam.

  • sam_m on February 13, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Who goes on a tour of Australia hoping to "find" talent within their own team? One that loses 4 - 0.

  • kiran9563 on February 13, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    I think more young bowlers should be given opportunities like Umesh and have them ready for future overseas tours

  • Nampally on February 13, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    @spinkingkk: You are fully justified in your comments about selection of Indian team squad & final XI. In Yadev & Ishant Sharma - both around 23 - India has 2 genuine fast bowlers in >140 KPH range. Add Aaron to this list. The Selectors dropped Ishant & Aaron from the ODI squad. Dhoni keeps dropping Yadev from XI. What do we have : 3 guys bowling at 125 KPH masquarading as the Indian top seamers!.It is good of Gambhir to call Yadev the find of the pace bowlers. But Why are Ishant & Aaron forgotten young men - both around 140 KPH - especially on seamr friendly Aussie pitches?. The same story applies to spinners. Ojha & Rahul Sharma are the 2 best spinners. Ojha is out of the squad & Rahul gets benched by Dhoni! Between the Indian team selector & Dhoni, they have done India more harm than good. Similar story goes for batting. They have lot of talent but often benched or excluded. Mukund, Kohli, Rohit, Pujara, M.Tiwary are the guys who need to take over not hidden, thanks to Selectors!

  • srisri on February 13, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Hmmm.... we can rotate Sachin for Gambhir/Viru but NOT Sir Ravindra Jadeja for Irfan? Salute Sir Ravindra Jadeja.

  • Aussasinator on February 13, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    It is nice to see some members talk about Abu Nechim. Now Nechim, along with Yadav and Aaron can be a formidable pace attack, on any pitch. Point is they should all be played together to form an unrelenting fast bowling attack. Not one at a time.

  • on February 13, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Last time we played in Australia, Ishant was the find of the tour..Everyone knows what is his condition now even if Ishant bowled a lot better than umesh yadav..

  • crick123 on February 13, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    One score of 90 and Goutham feels that he is Don Broadman. Come on Gouti..don't go overboard. Plating in AUS is not like playing on flat pitches in india. Don't forget your struggle in Test matches. India cannot win this trophy without big contributions from SRT

  • Nampally on February 13, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    UmeshYadev & Rahul Sharma were always in my XI as 2 deserving wkt. taking bowlers. Yadev has bowled consistently at 145 KPH, which not many fast bowlers in the world can match - even the Aussie seamers. Why on earth Dhoni keeps dropping him? He has just one genuine fast bowler & he does not use him! Furthermore he keeps giving excuses for lack of bowling in the squad!.Rahul is a wrist leg spinner who should be #1 choice of spinners in this squad. He is accurate, bowls googlies & has bounce to his bowling - all ideal for the Australian conditions.I ask you MSD, why is he not the first choice spinner? India has excellent variety of bowlers. They need a captain who can exploit their skills. ZAK,Yadev, Rahul should be 3 automatic choice of bowlers + add 2 more.Use Ashwin to control runs & may be Praveen or Vinay the 5th bowler.Jadeja as a bowler is expensive & never the 5th bowler! Jadeja should give way to Tiwary, an excellent bat & good fielder.Dhoni's XI selection is often irrational.

  • AttaGirl on February 13, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Gautam is correct with his observations. Umesh is a match winner, a genuine fast bowler. irfan pathan is only clocking 120s in the nets , even wasim akram mentioned that with that kind of speed he is not going to be effective in Australia.

  • Bollo on February 13, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Didn`t we hear this all before, when Ishant bowled one decent spell at Perth (in a series in which he took 6 wickets at 60)? Watch out world, the India pace attack is coming for your souls.

  • Bollo on February 13, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    `Now people should stop talking we can't produce fast bowlers.` Why is that? because once again another youngster is showing some promise? He`s just taken 14 wickets at 40, not 40 at 14....

  • Percy_Fender on February 13, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    I find some scepticism from some comment makers who have always come to believe that fast bowlers can only come from a troubled pocket of the world. Instead of praising Umesh for the strides he has made at the highest level of the game despite a late start, they are quite obviously unhappy that India have probably the fastest bowler in the world today. Umesh,Sharma,Aaron,Dinda, Shami Ahmed and Abu Nechim all point to a wonderful pool of fast bowlers, who also have great variations to go with speed. Not unlike the days when West Indies used to produce fast bowlers by the dozen.They were not just fast with many variations and could out-think a batsman out but were accurate. Having seen Marshall,Roberts Holding,it is hard to believe that they could be so accurate with their kind of pace. I hope Umesh preserves himself because he looks a hardy Larwood type, (Both have a coal mine background) who could so easily go on and on. I feel India will produce more Umesh's in the years to come.

  • Moneypenny on February 13, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Umesh is the find of the tour and Sachin,Dravid,Laxman are the loss of the tour. One bowler at the cost of 3 batsmen?

  • on February 13, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    yadav,aaron,dinda and ishant and abu nechim all clock 145+ consistently without any doubt tell me how many countries have these many 145+ bowlers ?? only south africa and australia thats it !! pak doesnt have these many hardly umar gul or wahab riaz clock 142 kph once in a full moon thts it.england has only broad thats it.anderson is slowrr than praveen kumar !!

    west indies has some bowlers like roach,edwards .even jerome taylor but he is no longer in squad .

    gambhir is saying tht these many days indian batsmen used to face guys like steyn,brett lee who bowl at 150+ but there was no one in our team to give it bak to the opposition.and now india has plenty of fast bowlers coming up

    dinda is in peak form he topped ranji with highest wickets and he is leading wicket taker in duleep trophy and on top of tht he clocks 145+ what more the selectors need ?? kick useless praveen out who depends on a batsmans fault rather than his skills .

  • spinkingKK on February 13, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Indian team's playing 11 selection has always been ridiculous. For some reason, they always pick the most mediocre bowlers. I remember when Yadav was first selected in the squad, Inida had yadav and Unadkat in the squad. When the need arised, the captain opted for Unadkat. Then I, having not seen Yadav bowl, was thinking that Yadav may be worse than Unadkat. Then, when they have a tour in Australia and an ODI series, the selectors dropped Ishant sharma. He would have been very difficult play in these pitches. India could have had 2 bowlers bowling at 150kph. But, given that selectors dropped Ishant, what were these team mgt doing by not picking Yadav until now? They have always opted for these 120-130kph SPECIALIST bowles. When there is a slot for an All-rounder, they will opt for Jadeja and never give a chance to Pathan.

  • Herath-UK on February 13, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    These snap predictions mostly turn sour in no time.Hope Lanka scores well against him. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • udaymankena on February 13, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    yes UMESH is the answer to india's fast bowling woes.Heartening to see an indian pace bowler clocking over 150 kph consistently !!

  • on February 13, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    It doesnt matter how speed are you bowling.. There has been many 'FINDS' in various tours, but most of them have been shown the doors. What really matters is the line and length. Those who bowl at decent pace around 130- 140 and swings bowl both way around. Also when there are experienced seamers in the side you need to give them chances,or else they will also fade away. Selectors should not break the heart of cricketers.Since it is a long series,everyone should be given a chance...

  • on February 13, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    India should produce atleast 100 fast bowlers for 100 tours. After every tour our fast bowlers come doen to 130 kph from 150 kph. Look at Zaheer, Irfan, Munaf, Ishant, Balaji. All have a great start to their career but only Zaheer is consistent. And if their is no left hand batsman in this world than Zaheer is of no use too.

  • Biggus on February 13, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Hmm, Ishant Sharma was the find of the last tour. Let's see how Yadav fares after slaving on Indian pitches for a few years.

  • Mariakutty on February 13, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    India lacks good spinners. Ashwin can't be called a spinner. He is tuning into a batsman which India has plenty. Find some good 'turners' with the skill of producing 'doosras' 'flipper' etc... Also Indian batsman need to step out and play spin rather than playing inside the crease. Navjot Sidhu will be a great help if contacted.

  • Hypocracy on February 13, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Half of Indian team should retire. The youngsters can't do worse there will be chances of developing a team for the future.

  • Vilander on February 13, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Ishant also hots 150 quite often, bowls with same pace. Its not about pace, its pace with accuracy.

  • CandidIndian on February 13, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    The problem with Indian cricket is whenever they find a bowler with some promise,he is overburdened and stretched to breaking point.Same happened with Ishant and Irfan , excessive cricket led to their downfall.I wish same does not happen with Umesh.When a bowler is in good form he wants to play each and every game , but its responsibility of team management, mainly captain ,coach and selectors to make sure he gets proper rest and is not over burdened.If their is a rotation policy like Gambihr mentioned, then its a very good idea.

  • zapeta on February 13, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    India always had rythm bowlers. Pace, swing technique is never a criteria for our bowlers. Sreesanth can bowl 140 consistently, but he is dangerous only if he gets the RYTHM. India bowling -- Munaf -- Right arm RYTHM medium, Ishant -- Right arm RYTHM Fast. Sreesanth - Right arm RYTHM MEDIUM FAST, Vinay- Right Arm RYTHM MEDIUM the list keeps going on RYTHM........

  • gunnerr4life on February 13, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Not even close to Starc .. I think Starc is the true find of this tour ! However , He didn't get much wickets and he has not bowled to his full potential up till now but He has all the qualities to be a successful fast bowler ... And He's only 22 !

  • musa441 on February 13, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    this si wrong i dont think umesh yadav is that extra ordinary good bowler he is good has pace but pitches in australia are fast so he gets assistance here it will be interesting to see how he bowls on flat tracks of india, srilanka, bangladesh and UAE. a good bowler is that who performs on all pitches like great wasim , mcgrath, waqar, and imran khan!!! irfan was way better than umesh i think he took wickets all over the world but lost his pace dont know why!! umesh will obviously end up like munaf patel in the next 3 years with a bowling speed of 130kph!! only time will tell!!

  • on February 13, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    While I agree with Gambhir on Umesh being a long awaited solution to India's pace bowling woes, I would also like to correct him in that Umesh is not a 150kph bowler.. he can hit the high 140kph's but thats about it. He is pacy but not as pacy as Gambhir thinks he is.

  • SuperSaj on February 13, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Might I remind Pak fans that they currently no bowler who can be considered an out and out fast bowler..Gul is fast medium and Cheema a medium pace trundler. I will admit that just with the two W's and Imran Pak's pace bowling legacy stands high above India's. However just go down the factual lane of statistics and look at bowlers they have produced in the last 15 years and the hig averages and lack of wickets..not a single Pak bowler who has debuted after 1995 has taken 200 test and odi wickets and other than Shoaib all of have decent to crap averages. Yes there have been sparks like Sami and more recently Amir but poor form, match fixing..internal fights have ensured that the figures dont stack up. India has not been much better but we have produced Zak who if you take the last 5 years (which is more relevant) been one of the top 3 pace bowelers in the world esp in tests..though again I admit the leader Steyn is in a different class

  • Mehboob_hoo on February 13, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    I agree,Umesh is improving,India plz win the CB series,special msg from ur pakistani brothers

  • on February 13, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Umesh is nice prospect for Indian bowling dept... Along with varun Aron... but dont understand that Y this Sikka and MSD not giving any chance for Irfan... ???

    After the retirement of ZAKs India need some one to lead the attack... India Need Fast Bowling all rounder too... Irfan only will fit for both the bills....

    Though he ruled out due to his bad patch in bowling.. he found his rhythm back... Plzzz Sikka and MSD give him chance to prove.. give him few chances like as u r giving to Jadeja and Rohit..

    Lets get his confident back and sure he will lead indian cricket team one day...

    Dont waste such a lovely All rounder who zz rare finding for India...

    If u keep on warm him up in the bench.. sure he will loose his regained confident and may be his rhythm too....

    Both MSD n Sikka expecting that from him ?

  • on February 13, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    haha.you will find bowlers of umesh yadev calibre in every street of pakistan...maximum he can do is to replicate zaheer who is equal to our umar gul..cheers

  • PricelessPak on February 13, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    i think ishant bowls at similar speed and he is going no where with his bowling at the moment, don't do same to this bloke, it takes more than 145km speed to be a good bowler, he n coaching staff need to work really hard before he can be a consistent performer

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 13, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    @Indunil Weerasinghe . If your senior player can comment on other teams without a win, they why not we ? And for your ignorance, India won 2 matches. 1 each against SL and Aus. BTW, your team seems to be tourists in Australia for site seeing!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 13, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    He and Aaron did well against WI too...We have to give proper rest to these players and rotational policy is good. Everyone will be eager to perform in the limited chances they got.

  • LillianThomson on February 13, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Utter nonsense - Gambhir has cracked up under the mental pressure in Australia. Yadav is FAR TOO SHORT to ever be an effective fast bowler at Test level, which is why in Australia he leaked 5 runs per over in the Tests and averaged 40 runs per wicket. At Sydney and Adelaide he was beyond useless. In history, only Harold Larwood and Malcolm Marshall have been effective short fast bowlers - and they were both at least 20 km/h faster than Yadav. Look at Waqar Younis. He was effective against weak opposition but in the West Indies in 92-93 and in Australia in 89-90 and 94-95 he was an expensive liability, because he couldn't get enough lift from a full length to slow the scoring rate. He was just like Yadav: a wicket every 10 overs, but between wickets the opposition was scoring 40 runs off him alone. Gambhir seems not to understand why he scored 90-odd v Australia yesterday - there are no slips in ODIs. Yadav will never, ever make it as a top Test bowler because he can't extract lift.

  • justk on February 13, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    again vinay kumar bashing..well, give some credit to the lad..he is not a trundler, can bowl at 135+ regularly..has swing and can pick wickets, field well and is a good bat lower down the order.one day cricket stuf..though at test level, he is not good..

  • RMCroos on February 13, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Yadev is so impressive agreed with GG he bowled well also i would like to give a chance to Irfan pathan ...just drop VINEY KUMAR and get Irfan to the team.

  • nzcricket174 on February 13, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    He will be down to 130-135 when he returns in four years time. Irfan, Ishant, RP Singh...is Yadav the next in line to join this sad list of unfit promises?

  • tbaakza on February 13, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    FUTURE SPINNER, will lose his pace in the next few months and be down to 125/130k which is what afridi can bowl taking 3 steps. clocking 150 consistently, ya right ??????

  • merrallt on February 13, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Adam Milne will be the next great fast bowler I think.

  • Bollo on February 13, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Gambhir seems to be a very balanced chap...chip on both shoulders.

  • on February 13, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    and balaji....is lost..................

  • sportsfan23 on February 13, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    of course he is..i knew tis the moment he playd 1st match 4 india....india needs genuine fast bowlers 2 win test matches in australia, england, south africa... its a stupid ting 2 do 2 select vinay kumar, ishant in test instead of some young new fast bowlers like umesh...i affirm arun nairs view, hope tat dosnt happen... u gotta develop nd motivate fast bowlers esp wen playing abroad...v need umesh, praveen, irfan, aaron, sreesanth 2 b selected 4 test matches abroad

  • simpleguy2008 on February 13, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Yes umesh and varunaaron both are very quick i wanna see them both in the indian squad for the test oneday and 20-20 so selectors please stick there name in the indian team permanently.

  • vamshi_teamindia on February 13, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    good to see Umesh yadav bowling 150+ kph!! we all love to see that pace frm an indian bowler! We had guys who had bowled 145s n even 150s (once or twice) from india. but they hav all dropped to 130's now!! Zaheer, sreesanth, munaf, irfan, nehra are best examples.. SO UMESH PLS DONT DROP YOUR PACE LET IT BE 150+ EVERYTIME.........:) INDIA NEEDS BOWLERS LIKE UMESH YADAV.......HE IS SWIFT

  • on February 13, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    The hypocrisy of some India haters resurfaces once again.The fact is Yadav is quick & bowled quicker than all Australian bowlers at least in this ODI.Some of these ''PACE LOVERS'' are talking like all Pakistan,Afghanistan & Sri Lanka bowlers clock 155 easily.With the way he bowled,Yadav definitely could've played for any team(except RSA,perhaps).Even the most talented Pak,Aus & English bowlers are bowling in the mid 130s.All huge AFGHAN bowlers couldn't clock 135 even once in the ODI against Pakistan.The truth is despite the much talked about drop in his pace ISHANT is bowling as quick(if not quicker)as the ''GREAT'' Umar Gul,Peter Siddle,Steyn & James Anderson. Now last but not the least,to whoever in the comments referred to SHAUN TAIT as the only Fast bowler.Do you really call a person who throws hardly 20 deliveries in a day as a genuine CRICKET BOWLER..?Seriously..? For me Darren Sammy & P.Kumar are quicker Bowlers than Tait coz TAIT is not a Cricketer in the first place..!!!

  • satish619chandar on February 13, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    @Posted by on (February 13 2012, 04:40 AM GMT) : Criticisms apart, Vinay had performed admirably in all the three matches he played.. Give some values to his domestic performances.. He is the most deserving fast bowler in Indian domestic circuit.. Doing this consistently year after year..

  • Naresh28 on February 13, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    FINALLY - someone has spoken about giving back what Indian batsman have faced throughout their careers. Yes we need more fast bowlers - who should be rotated and can give back. Suddenly teams are saying 'YA, INDIA CAN PRODUCE FAST BOWLERS' Lets have ATUL SHARMA as another fast, athletic bowler in the team!!!!!!!

  • on February 13, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    One swallow does not a summer make.

    Perhaps, Mr Gambhir fancies mind games.

  • on February 13, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Play him in the IPL and ruin him. These fast bowlers should be restricted to Test and ODI's to save their careers.

  • zenboomerang on February 13, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    I did mention before the Test series that Umesh Yadav could be the wild card amoungst the pace bowlers... Really glad that he's achieving his potential & being so young should improve with the right support & encouragement for years to come... Comparing him to past bowlers is futile as everyone is different & all we can do is hope for the best - glad he had a good game & India played well... The series is truly alive & well...

  • on February 13, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Dear Gambhir, you were the one who asked for rank turners to be prepared back HOME in India. Let's see how good a find he is there and then you can open your mouth again.

  • Dockaman on February 13, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Is Mehboob_hoo serious in his comments? Saying that the batsmen are doing a good job? The batsmen have been lamentable. Sehwag bats like a 10th grade Saturday afternoon grade cricketer. He doesn't move his feet one bit and simply chances his arm. In England, Aus and Sth Africa where the ball moves in the air and off the pitch he is simply terrible. The other batsmen were also found out with the exclusion of a few isolated innings. The bowlers for the most part performed well, save for a couple of crucial partnerships (Clarke-Ponting) the series would have been much closer.

  • on February 13, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    We had consistently failed to develop raw talent in the past. Hope that is not the case with Yadav. I think, he can also bat a bit. At least give company to the next VVS to save matches, if not win. Look at his NOT-OUT ratio. Tests: 5/9. ODIs: 3/3. FirstClass: 21/32. List A: 12/15. T-20: 3/6. Such bowlers can also be developed into good night-watchmen. Good Luck to him. can also

  • raks_pace on February 13, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    @Bikas RD... Vinay Kumar has been the unsung hero for India in last three matches. Go check the tour stats for most wickets, he has 6 wickets in 3 matches at 22.50 avg and economy rate of 5 rpo. Also he has been consistently bowling around 135 - 140 kmph in all matches and still you want reasons why he is in team ?? Please watch the matches if you have time... then you know who is doing what.

  • Thyagu5432 on February 13, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    It is not just find. It is always lost & found. While we lost 15 players, we just found 1.

  • Sudhakar86 on February 13, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Stop the top class players playing cricket in INDIA. Yadhav,Ishanth,Irfan,Rohit,Pujara,Kohli,Mukund should be restricted not to play on Indian pitches even if it is a Ranji,IPL,CL etc. Ask them to play county for 3-4 years during the time. Play with Stalwarts like RA jadeja,Sreesanth,MVijay,Uthappa,Yousuf pathan in Asian conditions alone. INDIA will become an unbeatable team in 4-5 years time.

  • SuperSaj on February 13, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Testing! Kindly ignore!

    Yes Umesh is one of fastest bowlers in the world right now.Bowlers who can hit 150ks are very rare in world cricket.Don't forget that we also have Varun Aaron,Ishant Sharma who can hit 150kph.Besides that we also have Shami Ahmed,Rahul Shukla & Abu Nechim coming up all of whom can clock 145+.......so happy days are coming for Indian Fast bowling if the bowlers can keep themselves fit & strong.

  • on February 13, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    If you bowl line and length at a120 ks....You ill only suffer.

  • on February 13, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    but not as much as vinay.he is lovely bowler,takes consistent wickets,awesome lad

  • sweetspot on February 13, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    There are a couple of other youngsters in India who can bowl consistently around 150 and it won't be long before they come in.

  • Pran001 on February 13, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Previous match against Sri Lanka, sachin played and we won that too. whoever is in form should be picked up. Senior junior does not matter - its the pitches that matter. we saw in last 2 matches, where pitches were flat - we won - our batsmen fired- whether senior or junior. on bouncy tracks, seniors who were performing well earlier failed this time. but so did juniors. eg. raina, yuvraj, sehwag, gambhir, dhoni etc. on bouncy pitches, they were all giving catching practice to slips and failed miserably. sachin was at least scoring 50s. so unless india prepares bouncy tracks to get accustomed to, junior senior debate is meaningless. all are excellent on flat pitches, but this time all fell flat on bouncy pitches. Having said that, it is right that seniors should be phased out, and juniors should take over. But that should happen in a proper manner and not just by throwing the seniors out.

  • on February 13, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    I think Gambhir should shut up. He has not earned his stripes yet, but he always talks like he has.

  • srvrana on February 13, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    we should also give a chance to irfan also...so we can rotate irfan and pk..regarding umesh,i hav an opinion that he shold learn to cut down his econ. rate in ODI,then he will be the finest bowler of indian side..for coaching indian fast bowlers we should apoint WASIM AKRAM as bowling coach.he knew indian condition and behavior of bowler.... thank you

  • on February 13, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Irfan was the pick in 2004 Aus tour and Ishanth was the pick in last Aus tour both of them went from bad to worst ....... and now Irfan came back and Ishanth is still struggling to take wicket.... Same will be with Umesh... we cannot conclude after one series......

  • Mehboob_hoo on February 13, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    I think very indiscipline performance by Indian bowlers on the tour.The batsman are doing good job.poor indian bowlers,stick to the task,pitch the bowl up,produces some bounce...Good luck Team India

  • on February 13, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    He looks a strong lad, and should serve India well. The key would be to nurture him when he hits a rough patch, and not overwork him on the unresponsive home tracks. Since he started relatively late for an international fast bowler, he has had a chance to fill out his frame. Let's hope we don't dilute his natural pace by overdoing line and length stuff ..

  • Raju_Iyer on February 13, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    I am just wondering how different the England tour could have turned out if Umesh Yadav had been sent in as a replacement for the injured Zaheer! Anyway when England come over later, it should be fun to see how they handle him

  • joseyesu on February 13, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Let see whether he is like Ishant...?. People come to conclusion with 1 series..? Gambir you are awesome with your play. Without there is no WC, like Yuvraj.

  • shrastogi on February 13, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Gambhir is right - its good to see an Indian bowler bowling at 150. Unlike test matches where he was a little wayward he bowled every well in the one dayer. Showed real intelligence also by bolwing a good slow ball to Clarke which Vinay Kumar and Zaheer Kahan didnt do allowing Clarke to get to a start and short to Forrest who was looking uncomfortable against fast bowling. For whole of test series Indians were suckers to meticulous fieldplacing of aussies but here Forrest though it was first one day became sucker to Yadav. When a batsman is uncomfortable to short ball at least in one day he would not hit when field is spread out but when it is in he would try and go for it. Yadav exploited this beautifully. If he can bowl with this control and intelligence in one day he is an asset.

  • on February 13, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    early days yet mr gambhir . we have had seen this mirage of indian fast bowler for years - munaf, sreesanth, aaron,unadkat, dinda & so many till they were 'advised' to remodel their approach to 'line and length' by so called 'experts'. the results are we have had a bare fastbowling cupboard for years. lets wait and watch. Umesh btw .. good on you - right atitude , heart in right place .

  • DINESHCC on February 13, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    How there can a find of the tour when there is no significant contribution for the team? "Someone who can bowl 150 is great for Indian cricket". It can't be great at any stretch imagination. He has to bowl that speed consistently. Shaun Tait is the bowler who can bowl 160 mph consistently. Whether he won any matches for Oz? It is line and length and not the speed Mr.Gambhir.

  • MinusZero on February 13, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Totally agree. India have been lacking pace, Yadav looks good and at only 24 years of age, he can improve. I thought the same about Ishant Sharma when he came on the scene, i just hope Yadav doesnt decline the same way.

  • ShebbySB on February 13, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Yes Umesh is one of fastest bowlers in the world right now.Bowlers who can hit 150ks are very rare in world cricket.Don't forget that we also have Varun Aaron,Ishant Sharma who can hit 150kph.Besides that we also have Shami Ahmed,Rahul Shukla & Abu Nechim coming up all of whom can clock 145+.......so happy days are coming for Indian Fast bowling if the bowlers can keep themselves fit & strong.

  • T.M.M on February 13, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Yes Gambhir, finally Indian team should be happy to find a fast bowler with ability to ball at 150 km/h (but without any swing or variety) from a population of 1 billion people. you have surpassed Zimbabwe in having a good fast bowler. NZ has Martin bowling at 140+ and swinging the ball both ways.

  • SanjivSanjiv on February 13, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Yadav is a great prospect for the future. But remember Ishant Sharma? He was as well. Seems something happens when these bowlers go back to India and play and then come back they are not that same. Is there someone out there who agrees with me.

  • degiant on February 13, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Gambhir sounds really impress with the 150 + speed and he was the same guy asking for spinners' pitches when he gets back home because of what happened to India against pace in their last two overseas tours. If he wants spinners wicket what will happen to Yadav. In my mind Gambhir comments is strange, gives one the impression that he is scared of bowlers delivering at 150+

  • Balumekka on February 13, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Yes, this guy seems really energetic and express. Wish him a long, injury free career!

  • AlpsRock on February 13, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    It's great to see some fast bowler from india bowling 145-150+ is great! If we can help him to stay away from the stardom and develop him along with Ishant. This would be greatest fast bowling pair after (Kapil - Sreenath- some what Venki). I wish good luck to UYadav (somewhat remind myself of glory days in Uni :).. kidding )...Good luck buddy! I can only wish you best of luck.

    Last but not the LEAST ....Gauti for TEST Captain and Yuvi for ODI....Dhoni should be rested for good (still eligible to play for CSK($99999) and various Ad's (Lifeboy Soap or AirCel)). I won't drop VVS or Dravid yet, keep them around the Young guns (Pujara, Tiwari, D karthink (better keeper and batsman for test and closely match in ODI to Dhoni)). Let's not disrespect SRT, given there is no compare of him, he has/will do his best for the country...if supported by team (in the same game).. I guess...I said it all if anyone listens!!! BCCI or R Shastri or Wasim Bhai Or Mate I. Chappel (not Greg!). Jadega why?

  • ChiragPathak on February 13, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    All the best to Umesh

    He is real find and talent too. There are few more coming up like ADinda, ANachim and VAron. They all are fast and talented.

  • CricFan78 on February 13, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Ishant was find of last Oz tour, Yadav is find of this Oz tour. It really doesnt matter

  • Nerk on February 13, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Lets see how Yadav performs on Gambhir's "rank turners" before we pass judgement eh? After all, he would not be the first bowler to debut well in Aus before falling away sharply.

  • world.cricketer on February 13, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    For me 'Umesh yadav' is another 'Ishant Sharma'. He bowls quick but dont have control on the Ball.

  • Kays789 on February 13, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    speed guns these days are notoriously unreliable. what was registered at 150 at Adelaide could very well clock in at about 140 somewhere in asia. thats how those things work. shouldnt read too much into them in my opinion. having said that the indian fans must be squirming every time gambhir talks to the media now 'cause whatever he says it just makes the indian team look even worse for whatever reason.

  • dsig3 on February 13, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Lol, way to shoot yourself in the foot. If he is so great then why was he not playing in the past games? Reality to India, bowling at "150km" does not mean you will be a good bowler and take wickets. Last time you were out here in 2007 Sreesanth was bowling just as quick and Tait was bowling quicker than anyone and they are both now forgotten. BTW I was watching Yadav bowl and I noticed the speeds but I also noticed that the batsmen were in no way "rattled", even Forrest looked comfortable. Yadav might of well been bowling 130km.

  • SLfan on February 13, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    I can feel something about Gambhir by considering his recent comments....That is we know he is a very good chaser and this time he is chasing towards captaincy. Good Luck to India's next captain.

  • stormy16 on February 13, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    I agree Yadav was the find of the tour and some may even say Kholi (in tests) but he is not really a find is he? Surpised India doesnt want to play Yadav all the time in Aus and probably the reason fast bowlers from India arent really world class - they just dont beleive in them. Yes there have been a few world class fast bowlers but in general the thinking is get the shine off and get the spinner in. If your not going to play a guy who bowls at 150KMH in Australia where else are you going to play him and what is the message your sending to fast bowlers?

  • on February 13, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    yeah ... Umesh is a nice find... but also we already have irfan pathan.... why dont you give him a chance.. i hope both play against srilanka tomorrow!

  • xylo on February 13, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Could we please report news as is, instead of sticking our own opinion into it? I am talking about lines like this - "There was an apparent lack of confidence in Yadav until the game against Australia.".

  • donda on February 13, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    Awesome discovery by India. Ghambir forgot one thing that Umesh is going to play IPL and will get injured and next year Ghambir will be trying to find another fast bowler in India. If India really has found a real fast bowler then play him international cricket only and save his career because fast bowlers can get injured in on bad T2020 game and can stay injure for whole life.

    Let's see how long this bowler stay fit, if he stays fit then it's really great find. We all cricket fans are happy to see Indian fastest ever bowler. Keep it up.

  • on February 13, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    speed is nt at all important length is vry much inportant !!!

  • montado900 on February 13, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    MSD certainly does not like Irfan pathan for some reasons, thats why he does not get to play in the Final XI. Gambhir shud be made test captain. Yadav shud be encouraged to play even in tests, only Gambhir as skipper can do that. We also need to find find more umesh yadavs out there, sure there are many and cut the crap of Arjun Tendulkar being in the future indian side. we do not need another record maker, we need match winners.

  • satish619chandar on February 13, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    I would love to see a bit more consistency from Umesh.. He is really the find of the series but still, has huge scope of improvement.. I really hope he doesn't go the Ishant way.. Fitness is the key with good muscles..

  • on February 13, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    Given the mediocrity of Indian pace bowlers, yes Umesh is a big find. Just to remind your readers Ishant Sharma was a big find, and so was Sreesanth and Munaf Patel. So what happened to great "finds" of the yester years? Having watched Umesh on fast and bouncy tracks of Australia, against a very ordinary batting line up, I consider him an average bowler. If his speed drops as it is true with almost all Indian bowlers, he will be a "Below Average" bowler. Ghambir having scored 92 in the latest ODI is now talking a lot more than he should. For any other Country Umesh would be just another bowler, nothing to write home about, but for India he may be "find" of the decade. Indian pacers are even worse than Afghanistan, with Zaheer Khan being the only exception.

  • on February 13, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    One win and toooooooooooooo much to say about it,, come on,,,

  • on February 13, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    where is aaron varun? D bowler who clock upto 150 kmph in subcontinent can easily touch 155+ at australian soil.. Feel sorry for this guy who missed both england n australia tour

  • Drew2 on February 13, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    I certanly hope Yadav does develop into a great fast bowler, but seriously, Gambhir needs to look at why people say that India doesn't produce fast bowlers. Kapil Dev is the only Indian fast bowler to average under 30 in their entire Test history.... and even he only just made it. Other nations have produced many fast men averaging under 25. Who's going to want to bowl like this if they know that they are going to bowl on lifeless pitches for a minimum of half of their career?

  • nlambda on February 13, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Just wait till he gets advised by his well wishers that bowling 130kmph is the way to preserve one's body and play for a longer time [and make more money]. We have seen this happen to Ishant, RP Singh, Zaheer, Munaf... they all bowled 90 MPH+ and then started bowling slower than Shahid Afridi [80 MPH].

  • ajayrcs on February 13, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Peter Forrest is the find for Australia WoW! i can't believe he is an Australian making his debut and playing well against spin well have to say he is better player against spin than fast bowling maybe thats why he averages so low in Australia. Australia on the verge of NO.1 again who said the don't have spinner Doherty,Holland,Lyon

  • Mervo on February 13, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    India had to win some kind of game eventually. Well done.

  • ROLAYH on February 13, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    It is great to see the young guy coming in and delivering at 150 K. No offense but very non-Indian stuff.. I hope India nourish him well and do not try to temper with his natural skills.... Otherwise there were many potential world class bowlers came in the past for India but went down the drain... Advices for India... 1. Don't ask him to reduce his speed and save him for many years 2. You have plenty of batsmen, do not see an all-rounder in him, let him concentrate on bowling 3. Let him build the body to increase the speed as the career progresses on, rather than going downward with the passage of time 4. It has to be put in his mind that IPL contract is not the ultimate achievement of his life... . 5. Send him to county and Australia to sharpen his skills.... 6. He needs to learn to swing both sides 7. Give him supportive pitches in India rather than good for nothing (for fast bowlers at least) dust bowls 8) Mentors like Wasim, Kapil should be used to continually motivate him

  • atif77 on February 13, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Yes he is bowling well but for how long he can bowl this quick. May be six more months and then he will become another ishant sharma or irfan pathan.....This is the tragedy of indian seamers...hyped up every series and then after six months they are part of history...

  • on February 13, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    For me, Umesh is THE reason i had watched the test series even when India were 3-0 down. For me, he is more than just a find, he is an answer. It would be an absolute delight to watch this lad in England and SA. I mean, an Indian bowler hitting Punter's throat when he pulls should be stuff of legends...

  • Rahulbose on February 13, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Gambhir needs to learn the art of keeping his mouth shut. Why make these comments that should be made by the captain. And even then why put more pressure on Yadav?

  • on February 13, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    any reason y 'FAST' bowler Vinay kumar is persisted with matches after matches,does he has any pace?? NO..does he has any swing?? NO..is he a good allrounder?? NO..i cant find any reason y he's in the team but not irfan pathan and Umesh..

  • darsh127 on February 13, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    I notice Gambhir making comments after a good performance O.o , but yes, Umesh Yadav is a very talented bowler and will prove much in his career along with Varun Aaron.

  • cricket_fan_1980 on February 13, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Finally a good fast bowler from India. We are proud of your efforts mate, cheers from across the border. You are talented and have the potential to be a top fast bowler. I wish you the best and I wish you become a major world player as a fast bowler.

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  • cricket_fan_1980 on February 13, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Finally a good fast bowler from India. We are proud of your efforts mate, cheers from across the border. You are talented and have the potential to be a top fast bowler. I wish you the best and I wish you become a major world player as a fast bowler.

  • darsh127 on February 13, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    I notice Gambhir making comments after a good performance O.o , but yes, Umesh Yadav is a very talented bowler and will prove much in his career along with Varun Aaron.

  • on February 13, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    any reason y 'FAST' bowler Vinay kumar is persisted with matches after matches,does he has any pace?? NO..does he has any swing?? NO..is he a good allrounder?? NO..i cant find any reason y he's in the team but not irfan pathan and Umesh..

  • Rahulbose on February 13, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Gambhir needs to learn the art of keeping his mouth shut. Why make these comments that should be made by the captain. And even then why put more pressure on Yadav?

  • on February 13, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    For me, Umesh is THE reason i had watched the test series even when India were 3-0 down. For me, he is more than just a find, he is an answer. It would be an absolute delight to watch this lad in England and SA. I mean, an Indian bowler hitting Punter's throat when he pulls should be stuff of legends...

  • atif77 on February 13, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Yes he is bowling well but for how long he can bowl this quick. May be six more months and then he will become another ishant sharma or irfan pathan.....This is the tragedy of indian seamers...hyped up every series and then after six months they are part of history...

  • ROLAYH on February 13, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    It is great to see the young guy coming in and delivering at 150 K. No offense but very non-Indian stuff.. I hope India nourish him well and do not try to temper with his natural skills.... Otherwise there were many potential world class bowlers came in the past for India but went down the drain... Advices for India... 1. Don't ask him to reduce his speed and save him for many years 2. You have plenty of batsmen, do not see an all-rounder in him, let him concentrate on bowling 3. Let him build the body to increase the speed as the career progresses on, rather than going downward with the passage of time 4. It has to be put in his mind that IPL contract is not the ultimate achievement of his life... . 5. Send him to county and Australia to sharpen his skills.... 6. He needs to learn to swing both sides 7. Give him supportive pitches in India rather than good for nothing (for fast bowlers at least) dust bowls 8) Mentors like Wasim, Kapil should be used to continually motivate him

  • Mervo on February 13, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    India had to win some kind of game eventually. Well done.

  • ajayrcs on February 13, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Peter Forrest is the find for Australia WoW! i can't believe he is an Australian making his debut and playing well against spin well have to say he is better player against spin than fast bowling maybe thats why he averages so low in Australia. Australia on the verge of NO.1 again who said the don't have spinner Doherty,Holland,Lyon

  • nlambda on February 13, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Just wait till he gets advised by his well wishers that bowling 130kmph is the way to preserve one's body and play for a longer time [and make more money]. We have seen this happen to Ishant, RP Singh, Zaheer, Munaf... they all bowled 90 MPH+ and then started bowling slower than Shahid Afridi [80 MPH].