India v England, 4th Test, Nagpur

Injured Yadav out of Nagpur Test too

Amol Karhadkar

December 8, 2012

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Umesh Yadav bowls during training session, Pallekele, August 3, 2012
Umesh Yadav is also unlikely to recover in time for the England Twenty20s and the Pakistan © Associated Press
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Fast bowler Umesh Yadav is unlikely to be fit in time for final match of the India-England Test series, which begins in Nagpur on December 13, as he is taking longer than originally expected to recover from a lower-back injury.

With India all but certain to reach Nagpur in a must-win situation, this comes as a blow for an Indian attack that that has been plundered over the last two Tests. Yadav was the pick of India's fast bowlers in the first Test in Ahmedabad, but was then ruled out with injury for "at least for 10 days".

The prognosis for the injury has been ambiguous; while one specialist had put forward the 10-day recuperation period, another had advised him rest for three months. Now, a day before the selectors are to choose the squad for the final Test, ESPNcricinfo has learnt that the fast bowler will surely be unavailable for the game. He is also unlikely to recover in time for the England Twenty20s and the Pakistan limited-overs series' that follow.

"This will be disappointing for him not just because it [the Nagpur game] is his home Test, but also because the team needs him badly," a source said, adding it would be "a miracle" if he features in the Pakistan series.

With Yadav unavailable, Sandeep Patil and his colleagues in the selection panel don't have much to choose from as far as pace bowling is concerned. But it remains to be seen if the selectors take tough calls on a batting line-up that has faltered time and again in the series.

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Posted by vasesw on (December 11, 2012, 2:30 GMT)

everyone talk about only sehwag,gambhir and sachin can i know only this 3 r in the team... wt abt others.. wt is the performance of virat and dhoni in this series... yuvi is putting at least a small score on the board wt abt virat.. pujara played starting matches tats it later.. for the front line blower harbhajan singh there is no chance oly to play in the series... in the 2nd test when he got the chance the new ball was given to ashwin and ohja... aft a long time he got the ball to his hand...... y dhoni behaving lik this towards the players.... nowadays he is becoming selfish giving chance oly to his close onces...... bec of him team is getting divided.....

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Gambir should be shown the door.After winning the IPL he wanted to be the captain!!Just the attitude these guys have is clearly showing on the results.Players like Gambir and Sehwag with their attitude towards test cricket leaves a lot to be desired.Wasim Akram was right when he said players earning 3 crores for a IPL season so who wants to play test cricket.I want to see this side loose 3-1 and then see who's axed because not accepting defeat and blaming the pitches is clearly taking Indian cricket to no10 ranking status.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

Ashwins poor bowling covered by his batting, we dont need it,, Ashwin cant play in the team on batting, he has been pathetic with the ball, Bhajji stil better than him anyday... oja is also mediocre.. Mishra much better than him

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

india has two of the fastest bowlers currently in the world umesh yadav and varun aaron. and couple of really good budding fast medium bowler namely parvinder awana. and some good bowlers like RPsingh irfan pathan etc. then why are we still lugging around with a rubbish bowler like ZAK, who cant even bowl 120 kmph under best of conditions. and instead of giving chance to good spinners like amit mishra we are playing a decent (hge is still not a good spinner . has a time to go) spinner ashwin being a spear head of the attack. and with bhajji ouit of sorts. isnt it time to bring some bowlers who have realy spunk in them. and we should rest yuvraj as becoming match fit needs time. and as for sachin he should play more. he should accept he is aging and to stay match fit he should be more in touch with game in stead of resting. no offense to him but he should play ranji matches so atleast he doesnt need time to get back in form. him out of from puts a lot of pressure on pujara and kohli

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

Wonder why the Indian selectors have such a short memory especially when it concerns the Pathan brothers. Have they forgotten that Irfan has been amongst wickets even when Zak went almost wicketless. It is not enough to just contain, you have to take wickets & Irfan has been doing a fantastic job of it. Similarly Yousuf was the go to bowler for Dhoni during the world cup in India. Yes! Yousuf has had a bad season this year in IPL, but then all great players have gone through similar patches. Guess what! I am sure Ravindra Jadeja would be back in the India team soon due to his 3 triple hundreds. (though the fact that he got them against mediocre teams on very flat tracks would not matter). It's high time Dhoni got a break from Captaincy as well. He should bad at no.3 & not worry of the responsibilities which come with his title. Remember, he cam on the India cricket scene with a fantastic century & outscored Sehwag. Gambir would make a good makeshift captain.

Posted by keecha on (December 9, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

Who not play Sandeep Sharma and Awana in the next test? Zaheer has skill alright but is pathetic as he chases the ball all the way to boundary. And this guy Jivanjot from Punjab is a great prospect. And last but not least, how about the one day specialist Ravindra Jadeja for test matches? 3 triple tons..

Posted by vathabivaranan on (December 9, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

/why keeping dinda in abeyance? Whenhe proved he is among wickets thenwhy should be ishant preferred? neither the coach nor the captain is out of ideas or solutions. it is high time selectors use their good offices to set right things by taking bold steps like Australian/English Cricket selectors.

Posted by constro on (December 9, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

Show Dhoni the door first, for God's sake. He's neither a brilliant tactician as captain, nor a particularly outstanding wicket-keeper, nor does he shine batting. Let him stick to the T20 and IPL. And thanks, BCCI for the IPL and for destroying Test cricket in India.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 9, 2012, 3:27 GMT)

That's a real shame. I'm not sure that Yadav would be a match-winner but I'd like India to have their best players available. They need to improve in all areas so his presence would likely help as i expect him to be a significant performer for many years. One name I haven't heard mentioned for a while is Varun Aaron. Can any of our Indian friends enlighten me as to what's happened to him since India's last tour of England? I know that he had at least one injury but what's his current status?

Posted by Nampally on (December 8, 2012, 23:43 GMT)

Yadev's absence will be a huge loss for this club level Indian bowling team which is trying to compete at the Test level. Flogging a dead horse like ZAK or Harbhajan will never yield any dividends. Aaron was bowling at 140 KPH but he was ignored & Yadev alone pushed forward.It is time to bring him back, if Fit. 3 changes are needed with an eye on the future. Tendulkar, ZAK,Yuvraj must give way to Tiwary,Irfan Pathan & Jadeja. These 3 are all good batsmen, excellent fielders & better than part time bowlers. if Irfan is unfit, P.Singh or Sandeep Sharma are alternates.Clearly Yuvraj is not 100% in health.In the batting order Kohli should be sent at #3 & Pujara #4. This might help Kohli to be more confident because he prospered at #3. India needs a specialist RH right arm leg spinner in the squad.If A.Mishra & R.Sharma are not acceptable, coach Tiwary for this role. Ojha,Ashwin+2 seamers, supported by a RH leg spinner provides more variety to bowling.It is insane to go with Present squad!

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 23:30 GMT)

@ Sharanraj1 ur a bit harsh on Ashwin there. He is only in his 12th or 13th game. What were warne or murali stats in their 12th-13th game. He has been the fastest indian to take 50 wickets and has not bowled rubbish by any means. He has been out bowled by his english counter parts but they have at least 40 or so more games to their experience. Ashwin should be seen as a genuine all rounder. Replace Yuvi with Ashwin at 6 and play an extra fast bowler. Three fast bowlers and two spinners gives a better edge.

Posted by Jaggadaaku on (December 8, 2012, 23:08 GMT)

Nearly 2 weeks ago, Indian team and selectors don't need Yadav saying Zaheer has variation, swing and fast bowling. They didn't care Yadav thinking Zaheer only can do ultimatum for them. Now suddenly they need them desperately. Only Yadav wouldn't save them from defeat. The entire Indian batting is failed except Pujara in this series and last couple of series too. Most of the Indian batsmen pile of retiring or getting dropped. In short formats like T20s and sometimes in ODIs, one person can make difference, but in tests, bowling, batting and fielding units should contribute well in order to avoid defeat. Ravindra Jadeja is in his extreme form blasting 2 triple centuries in current domestic season playing at No.4 in his side. Why selectors giving chances again and again to Kohli, Yuvi, Dhoni, and Raina who are happen to be T20 and ODIs experts only. Gujarat's wicket-keeper-SK Patel is also in great form of his debut series blasting 4 fifties in 4 games and century in 5th.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 22:43 GMT)

Amit Mishra is an agressive spinner. He should be brought in to bolster the spin attack. Ashwin is an established batsman now and either Yuvraj or Kohli will have to make way.......................

Posted by royalg on (December 8, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

the min i heard umesh was injured after the 1st test, i worried for india, cause they didnt hav any backup plan for tat, arron is still injured, options r either AWANA, PANKAJ SINGH, SANDEEP SHARMA, OR SIDHARTH KAUL, these r the men bowling and hav wickets to prove it, rest r jus not gud enough, ishant, zakor dinda r really not gonna wrry any english batsman watsover, ZAK'S performance hav dropped drastically in the last 1 yr, yes fielders hav dropped catches, but as a leader of this attack he has been disappointing,

Posted by vpk23 on (December 8, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

Varon. Or Sree even if he is hard to handle at least India wins matches when he is around ...the important ones...Kickstart India's Heart!!!!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 8, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

So what exactly is that injury and how did he sustain it? I don't think it hurts to inform the fans who are desperately waiting for his return. What EXACTLY is the nature of the injury and HOW did he sustain it?

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 8, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

So many talented young fast bowlers in our domestic setup and yet, we have some puzzling choices from the selectors. Why is Ishant Sharma still given a go in test cricket is beyond me ! As far as the batting goes, it's time to 'ask' Tendulkar to leave as his spot is denying a talented youngster. Also, Yuvraj Singh should be axed immediately. I know he survived cancer and all that, but this is about INDIA, the nation's dignity and reputation are at stake here. We MUST win in Nagpur OR else, we will become the laughing stock of the world.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

Gambhir ran out both Sehwag and Pujara. He needs to practice his running between the wickets while Tendukar, Yuvraj, Ashwin, I. Sharma and Dhoni should be replaced by I. Pathan, Tiwary, Rohit Sharma, Naman Ohja and Sanjeev Sharma. Enough idolizing the oldies who are no longer goodies. Tendulkar should be more classy (like Dravid, Laxman, Ponting, Strauss, etc.) and retire now before he makes even more people dislike him for hanging around and not giving younger cricketers a chance they deserve much more than him. Guarantee you that if SRT goes to South Africa, he will not amass 100 runs in all the Test matches combined. He was great once but is very ordinary at the moment. Let's give him a flying send-off which even he will appreciate and make him believe that he is retiring on his own accord instead of being let go from the Indian team he has served so well.

Posted by wolf777 on (December 8, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

Bowling O M R W Econ Z Khan 31 6 94 1 3.03 I Sharma 29 8 78 1 2.68

You guys want these two back for the Nagpur Test?

Posted by wolf777 on (December 8, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

Bowling O M R W Econ Z Khan 31 6 94 1 3.03 I Sharma 29 8 78 1 2.68

You guys want these two back for the Nagpur Test?

Posted by JasonWoodsworth on (December 8, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

Another ordinary Indian bowler. You will easily find such talents in our county teams but for India, this fellow is a star, lol.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

It's difficult to replace Umesh..he's one fastest & most talented bowlers of Indian Cricket. The only possible replacements are Varun Aaron (who is also perhaps injured) or Pankaj Singh (not express but tall & nipps around 133-138k)...or Parvinder Awana (135-140k) are "doubtful" at this point of time.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Bring Pathan in.He would be handful with bat as well

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

beg punjab for all of thier bowling line up, they hunt in pack and knows how to take 20 wickets,

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

bring ravindra jadeja for 4th test

Posted by CaptainKool on (December 8, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

Where is Aaron? Didn't he want to play for is country? Or is he waiting for IPL?

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

Dont forget Pankaj Singh.....He deserves a chance.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

Inshant Sharma is not a Test cricketer and does not have the skills. Tell me even for once he has not misfielded the ball that came to him. Not a cricket material at all

Posted by VivSingh on (December 8, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

This makes me so sad. A genuinely promising, genuinely fast Indian bowler. I hope they manage him well and he has a decent career for India. India needs bowlers like him.

Posted by vimalraj65 on (December 8, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

ashok dinda best choice,for out of yadav.,.zaheer was in out of form,we can replace zaheer to pathan or awana

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

there goes the hope of levelling the series....

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

Where is Varun Aaron? Why not try Parwinder Awana?

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

please bring back srishanth from kerala team to indian team soon..

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

Try Aaaron????Are you kidding?? he hasnt bowled more than 10 overs a day in the last 2 years and has not played most of the time

Posted by stormy16 on (December 8, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

What on earth is going on with fast bowling stocks around the world. There is proabably a test quality 5 man pace attack with injuries around the world. Yadav hasnt had a huge work load either. I dont understand this and something needs to be done.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (December 8, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

yet another crucial young seamer sidelined by back injury which will doubtless lead to a remodelled action and a drop in pace. What do the coaches etc do these bowlers bodies? Waste.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

as per current Indias form i personally think tat the team india shud pick a fast bowler who can bowl above 140 case reguularly as the pace attack is lacking behind..... and apart from tat ders also a change needed is in batting order as many batsmen failed to deliver.......

all da seniors shud be given a break and selectors shud give a chance to young and promising stars like manoj tiwary,R.jadeja,A.rayudu,varun aaron,R.sharma etc...

Posted by Chetan__Pandit on (December 8, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Pankaj Singh is a good option for the selectors.

Posted by Alkais on (December 8, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

Yadav needs to be preserved. He shouldnot be asked to play T20 cricket. Let him play county cricket. This will help him gain experience, knowledge. The same has to be applied to Ishant Sharma. Ishant sharma is only good as 2nd change bowler. what happened to Munaf Patel. He is being injured, but its almost a year now. BCCI is not bothered about the players. They are bothered about how to bring in more money to BCCI. Players are not being taken care. Duncan fletcher is not given full powers. One has to look at Australia,England,SA. Bowlers are preserved by them. They make sure their best bowlers are preserved and completely fit enough to play. Pathetic BCCI. Overseas players has learned to play spin. But our batsmen become star by scoring in docile pitches and become an embarrasment when they tour overseas.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

With India on the verge of losing the third Test, the least we could do to hold our pride is to draw the series, by winning the last Test. I personally prefer Awana or Dinda, but we'll see what the selectors say. @Raman Gopal - yes I agree, Ishant needs to go to the MRF pace academy for 1 year and then come back, looking out of it.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

Bring Parvinder Awana into the squad & replace Sachin with Irfan Pathan. Pathan will give Team India more runs than Sachin & the opportunity of going with 3 seamers & 2 spinners. Replace Yuvaraj who is undercooked with Rahane. The lineup for the Nagpur test should read - Sehwag, Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Pathan, Ashwin, Zaheer, Awana, Ojha. ...And, don't mess around with the Slip Cordon.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Why not bring Dinda????? He is fit,among the wickets!!! He is pacy as well.i was awstruck to c lanky ishant again in place of Dinda...

Posted by sharanraj1 on (December 8, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

Yadav has been the best fast bowler in the series, its extremely had to replace him... may be selectors should give a try with Aaron since other fast bowlers bowl at 130 speed which will not be effective. Ashwin should be considered as a batsman and not a bowler and India should play another extra bowler if it works out because this bowling attack doesn't look like match winning or picking Cook's wicket.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

Plz. don't keep Ishant to replace Yadav. Bring AWANA in the team and check if Aron is ready.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

So begins the early decline of another young Indian seamer.

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