India news March 16, 2012

Yadav back to full fitness

ESPNcricinfo staff

Umesh Yadav, the India fast bowler, has said that he has recovered completely from the shin injury he picked up during India's tour of Australia. Yadav, who is currently in Mohali to play for Central Zone in the Deodhar Trophy, was not rested for the Asia Cup. "I'm back to full fitness," Yadav told the Hindustan Times. "I'm not concentrating on anything other than achieving my goals, like working on my bowling and maintaining my fitness."

Yadav was called the "find of the tour" by team-mate Gautam Gambhir after he impressed with his speed and aggression in the Test series. He finished with 14 wickets from four Tests and his strike rate of 50.5 was the best among India's bowlers. But in a move to protect the fast bowlers, Yadav was rotated during the one-day triangular series, where he finished with just five wickets from six matches. "As a fast bowler, you cannot go on playing matches for long periods as it exposes you to injuries, besides weakening your muscles," Yadav said.

Yadav's focus is now to hit peak form as soon as possible and the Deodhar trophy opener today against South Zone will be a good test. He pointed out that he would have to adjust from bowling on the fast and bouncy tracks in Australia to the much slower and flatter pitches in India. One factor in his favour is that the tournament is being played in Mohali, where the pitch is more generous to the fast bowlers, and Yadav said he would like to take advantage of that fact.

"The conditions don't matter much. Yes, you get more bounce and pace on the wickets abroad while in India, I can only name a few places like Bangalore and Mohali which are a bit pace-friendly. But as a bowler, all you have to look for is the correct line and length."

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  • dummy4fb on March 16, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    Great news can't wait to see him back in Indian colours.... Also I want Aaron to be back and bowl in tandem with him Last I heard of Aaron he was injured.Hopefully he is also fit and is bowling with pace.. These two along with zaheer,praveen and Irfan should be running for 3-4 spots (dependinng on the pitch/conditions) in the final XI be it any form of game. Hopefully Sreesanth and Munaf can regain form to form the bacup bowling pool. I cannot just understand what selectors will take to drop Vinay Kumar from their radar... This guy just doesn't deserve to be in top top 15 we pick for tour (forget bein in playing 11). Just Hope Yadav/Aaron can play togrther as strike bowlers with Zaheer and spinner(s) playing the containing role.

  • NikhilNair on March 16, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Thank god! I was worried what had happened for so long to Umesh. Please come back quick and save our woeful pace attack! We need bowlers like you... bowling fast and dangerous... I have great expectations from Umesh :)

  • Vilander on March 16, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    bowl fast thats your usp, stay uninjured thats gold.

  • binender123 on March 16, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Best of luck Yadav...U are better than the currently available Indian fast bowlers....Plz dont compromise in pace while marching towards your feature......I dont know when this guy will be included in the squad...bec the selectors and capt is interested only in medium bowlers.....Where is Varun Aaron...??????? the selectors have vanished him...

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