IPL 2014 newsfile May 22, 2014

Umesh's form a good sign, says Ganguly

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fit Umesh good news

Sourav Ganguly has said it takes a "special effort" to win five matches in a row and Kolkata Knight Riders must be proud. A former captain with Knight Riders, Ganguly added that the form of Umesh Yadav in the recent Kolkata Knights Riders' wins is a good sign for India ahead of the important tour to England.

Highlighting the team's pluses, Ganguly, in his column in gocricket.com, wrote, "it's not just been Uthappa . There have been a few other players who have also stepped up. Shakib Al Hasan has been amazing with the bat and ball and his batting form against CSK was superb. He hit the ball cleanly, and it will be a confidence booster to the middle order which had looked brittle at the start of the season.

"For me, though, the best news has been Umesh Yadav's return to form. It will be heartening for the selectors and the Indian team since a fit Umesh is very important to the side. India are soon touring England and Australia later this year and his pace will be very important to the team. The Indian bowling attack needs that push and hopefully he can provide that."

A solid referral

Lendl Simmons, ignored during the IPL auction, was picked up by Mumbai Indians as a replacement for the injured Jalaj Saxena. He hasn't looked back. In his fifth IPL match, he crossed 60 for the third time and went on to complete a century - a run that has helped his team's batting appear more formidable than the first half. And he has his Trinidad & Tobago teammates to thank for his late call from the Mumbai Indians camp.

"Since Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard have played for Mumbai Indians, they always vouched on me to the owners that I am a good player and that they should bid for me," Simmons told iplt20.com. "They kept telling me that one day I will get an opportunity to play for Mumbai Indians. They were right. The call came and here I am! I can bat and I back myself to bat the team to winning positions."

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  • Sriram on May 22, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    knowing MSD, i cant see a Umesh or Varun play in England unless Zak, Ishant, Shami breakdown! The next in line will be Bhuvi, so most likely Umesh, Varun will warm bench unless Zak does not survive two tests! First and foremost these 2 should get picked, with a new selectors expected, a chance for them. Will they tour Bangladesh?

  • Vinod on May 22, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    I have already touched wood coujple of hundred times that Umesh remains fit and firing as he is our only bowlng hope on the overseas tours. Heartening that SG talked about the bowling aspect, bringing some light on bowling as opposed to every magazine and media outlet going ga ga over batting exploits which dominates the indian psyche.I hope UY does not get injured in the remaining matches of the IPL and is fit and firing in the cricket that matters. At last someone is talking about bowling......:)

  • Manan on May 22, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    My Test match eleven should be below

    1) Shikhar Dhawan or Murli Vijay 2) Rohit sharma 3) Pujara 4) Kohli 5) Rahane 6) Irfan Pathan 7) MS Dhoni 8) Jadeja 9) Bhuvi 10) Shami ahmed 11) Umesh yadav

  • Manan on May 22, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    Selectors should pick up

    1) Umesh Yadav, Bhuvi 3) Sandeep Sharma 4) Shami Ahmed 5) Irfan Pathan (all rounder) 6) Ravi Jadeja 7 ) Ravi Ashwin

    Drop 1) Zaheer Khan 2) Ishant sharma 3) Amit mishra

    Drop under performing Ishant and Zaheer who is not fit enough.

  • Arun on May 22, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    No wonder all the WI players have the fighting skills naturally but where it goes when they play as a team for WI is a big question mark. It sums up individual special talents can not win game consistently if they do not play as a team.

  • Naresh on May 22, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    @FRpunk - yes these are the cream apart from Ishant who just does not get it right. A wasted talent. As mentioned by someone else take ZAK as a mentor/bowling coach. Aaron has been doing well this IPL. I like the way Praveen Kumar has been bowling.

  • Mohammed on May 22, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    I agree with Rohan these are your best bowlers on display who can bowl regularly in 140 Kph and above. Add to these bowlers Zak more as a mentor than anything else and the captain should clearly define Zak his responsibility to ensure that these guys bowl to their best depending on the situation, which Zak has done so many times. India will go a long way with these pace bowlers if their skills are properly honed and who better than Zak to guide them.

  • Mohammed on May 22, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    It is the student's penchant for knowledge which spurs the teacher's penchant for teaching and Umesh has this golden opportunity to learn from someone who had mastered the art of fast bowling. Arguably the best left arm fast bowler in the history of cricket what more can you ask for. When I see Wasim Akram in the dugout I envied Morkel, Umesh and Cummins because they had ready access to him. How often do you get a chance to sit along side such greats day in and day out, Umesh should be after Akram to the point of pestering till he can emulate him. Umesh has the aggression and variation like Akram and it is only matter of time and effort he puts in with him to become a force to reckon with. I hope he does not let this opportunity slip.

  • Fuzail on May 22, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    The bowling Attack should be Yadav , Shami , Aaron , bhuvi , Ishant and Zak\Praveen Kumar . maybe having 6 bowlers on a tour is a bit too much but the Fast bowlers are going to be the Key on this tour . The Pace Attack will Win us The Test Match .

  • Android on May 22, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    india should take bith aaron and yadav along with bhuvi, shami n ishant/zak and give them chance in atleast 3 games in total competing for the 3rd pacer slot with ishant/zak.

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