India v England, 2nd Test, Mumbai November 22, 2012

Umesh 'unfit' for Mumbai Test, says Dhoni

ESPNcricinfo staff

India fast bowler Umesh Yadav is 'unfit', according to captain MS Dhoni, and will not play the Mumbai Test against England in all likelihood.

"Umesh is unfit for this Test match. He has a sore back," Dhoni said on the eve of the match. "We play with two seamers and two spinners, so I don't think we can take a risk to play him in this match. He is most likely to miss this Test match."

Ashok Dinda was called up as back-up for Yadav in the squad, but it is likely to be Ishant Sharma who takes his place in the XI. Last week, Ishant had a bout of viral fever, but he is now fit and had bowled in the nets over the last two days. If he plays, it will be his first Test since ankle surgery in March.

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  • KISH on November 23, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Ishant is a special bowler and he has never really disapointed anyone with his skill and committemnt. He wasn't getting too many wickets. However, it is never easy for anyone to get wickets these days. Because, most of the pitches are batting wickets. The bowlers of England, South Africa and Australia will get 5fers every now and then, because they are bowling a lot in their conditions which are more fast bowler friendlier than what Ishant gets in India. If India went for 485 runs on the first day of a test match, everybody would have been saying that Indian fast bowlers are useless and very weak. But, South Africa, the so called best fast bowling team, just went for that many runs for 4 wickets. Such is the batting conditions we get these days. Unless something has been done about it, the bowlers have to look for some other profession.

  • moginraj on November 23, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    varun aron was injured, not sure where he is now, prob not fully fit... i like ishant tho, he and umesh along with aron, dinda and others r the future, so its good he's getting a game, i hope he bowls real quick, he can easily do 140+..... goodluck to him...

  • Cricket on November 22, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    @priyankpradeep Aaron is injured. It's ridiculous how easily our fast bowlers get injured particularly as good ones are hard to find in India. Both Aaron and Yadav and young and should not be picking up injuries at this stage of their career. Ishant himself is coming back from a long layoff. At this age, they should be bowling plenty of overs and learning he art of fast bowling otherwise India is danger of constantly fielding the next generation of pacemen who due to injury never fulfill their early potential. Remember Irfan, Balaji and Munaf to name but a few.

  • Cricket on November 22, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Cont'd India needs to invest in its fast bowlers. The BCCI has to look after them and help them look after themsleves and minimise injuries. Kapil Dev probably missed one match in his international career through injury and he put it down to running marathons. From personal experience I comletely agree - when I was running I picked up far fewer injuries than when all I did was stretching and stationery bike. Roadwork also improves the recovery time so the BCCI should make it mandatory for all bowlers to run some miles daily. There's no point discarding any fast bowler until they're about 28 / 29 to see if they've learned anything about their art.

  • Cricket on November 22, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    @Vivek Singh I'm afraid your 'have time & time again failed to deliver' comment strongly suggests you have never played cricket at any level. Fast bowlers don't reach their peak until about the age of 27 or 28 and subject fitness have about 3-4 years. Exceptionally they may have longer than this but up until then they they are learning their craft after having gone through a phase where they try put the frightners on the batsman with outright pace. Then they realise pace alone does not give them a right to get wickets and they start thinking more about line, length, use of the crease, over or round the wicket, movement of the seam and through the air, using the bouncer as a surprise. Spinners on the hand learn much quicker for 2 reasons- (1) they bowl more overs from a younger age and don't waste energy trying to bowl at the speed of light (2) If they don't bowl smart and with variation the batsman has more time to hit them out the park and doesn't have worry about the bouncer.

  • rahul on November 22, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    i personally thought ishant was good in australia... though a bit unlucky he could't pick many wickets... he is young and deserves a chance.. and his hieght gives chances of extracting extra bounce from the pitch... hope he does well ...

  • Unmesh on November 22, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Good thing about Ishant Sharma is that he tries his best all throughout the day. However, I am afraid his back-of-length bowling may not be suitable on this pitch. I would prefer Dinda to be given a chance. Dinda is a very good bowler and England haven't seen much of him.

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Again Ishant..I fail to understand why BCCI is keen on picking up the bowlers who have time & time again failed to deliver....though Dinda is a hard working bowler but I suspect his success against Pommies...BCCI could have given an oppurtunity to Pankaj Singh, who is probably the best in domestic season currently.

  • mo on November 22, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    not ishant, please... yikes!!! the dude was good way back when, but now he is slow and he must average close to 50 nowadays! at least give dinda a shot! dhoni's loyalty to no-hopers like ishant, raina and rohit (in tests) sucks!!!

  • Dinesh on November 22, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Don't know Ishant has learned his lessons or too, but he is sure case of famous quote "He has not played 45 tests. He have played 1 test 45 times" (Shane Warne about Monty I think). In India coaches try to improve fast bowlers by changing their basic skills, those skills on basis of those they have made to intl. cricket. Ishant's stock ball was inswinger and when one held its line it would become too dangerous. Rather than enhancing the skills they have, they try to teach them new skills (does not mean they should not be) too early too soon. Munaf was asked to concentrate on line & length, he didn't got much of that but lost speed too. Irfan was asked to enhance his speed from 135 to 140+, he did not gain speed (lost infact and become 120+) instead lost swing too. I just hope, they let the Umesh Yadav as he is, let him play 2-4 years, get a stint in county (look what it did to Zak) rather than some 20-20 and he will sure go great heights. Even Ishant went downhil after that IPL sale

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