IPL 8: Umesh Yadav credits success to Wasim Akram
April 21, 2015
Kolkata Knight Riders’ pacer Umesh Yadav says he has learned a lot about the basics of swing bowling from his team’s bowling coach and former legendary Pakistan fast bowler and captain Wasim Akram.
“I have learnt a lot from him. I enjoy working with him. He talks about swing and controlling the ball. The more you are able to control the ball the better you will be able to control the swing. So he tells me how to control the ball. For example, the wrist position – it should lock, the two main fingers should be behind the seam, and so on.”
In an interview with iplt20.com, Umesh, who has represented India in 12 Tests and 48 ODIs and bagged 18 wickets in eight World Cup games to be behind Mitchell Starc (22) and Trent Boult (22) in the bowlers list, said earlier it was difficult for him to combine pace with swing but playing under India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun during the recently concluded World Cup has helped him a great deal.
“Initially it was difficult. I could swing but sometimes it would be wayward. I learnt a lot when I went to play in the World Cup. Bharat Arun Sir helped and Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) supported me too and the other players – especially the batsmen – would tell me what the right lengths to bowl are and the areas to bowl. And then I would focus on bowling in those areas or on that line.”
“In that period of four odd months [on Australia tour], I learnt a lot of things because the good length also varies from country to country. In Australia you bowl back of a length but you can’t do that here in India because it will bounce normally. So I have just managed that [adjusting the length] and it worked,” he added.
The Nagpur lad, who returned with impressive figures of 3 for 24 in Kolkata Knight Riders’ four-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab on Saturday, said he was very confident bowling to Glenn Maxwell who is among the most aggressive modern-day batsmen.
Umesh, who scalped Maxwell during his spell, also revealed his plans for the Australian, who he described as someone very difficult to bowl at.
“It is difficult to bowl to him because when he comes to bat he just moves too much from the wicket, sometimes to the off-side or sometimes to the leg-side. So it is difficult to bowl to him. But I knew and I was confident that when he moves, I will not follow him but I will just keep [bowling] at the wicket only. So my target was to bowl at the three stumps only, so whenever he is going down the leg I am bowling at the wicket.
“And when he came towards the off-stump, I was trying to vary the deliveries, bowl a slower one or yorker, whichever is required. So I bowled the slower ball and got him. That’s the variation, because there wasn’t much in the wicket. If you didn’t get the yorker perfect, you would get hit for a six. The wicket was flat and good for batting. The ball was coming onto the bat nicely; so whatever variations I had I backed myself to bowl one length and one area,” he explained
Umesh, who is spearheading the Kolkata attack along with South African pacer Morne Morkel, said the two of them bowl well as a pair.
“We form a good combination because my job is to swing the ball and get the batsman out on the length ball, by getting them to drive. Morne has height and can get the bounce, so he tries bowling back of a length and bowling at the batsman’s body.
“I have pace but also swing. So I try bowling to the batsman in one area, make it difficult for him and to get him play every ball, so I can have a chance of getting him out caught behind or trap him lbw. Morne Morkel has pace and hits the ball at a good length. But for most batsmen his ball rises to the chest level, so it is not easy to hit him from there and that gets him wickets. Our job is to get wickets upfront and that is what we have done,” the DD fast bowler further said.
Chasing a 156-run target, the defending champions were tottering at 60 for 5 on Saturday before Andre Russell and Yusuf Pathan took them home. Talking about the nervous moments in the dugout, Umesh said: “At 60 for 5, the dugout was a bit tense. We had a good start and then we slipped to 60 for 5. But we knew we had Andre [Russell] and Yusuf Pathan, so we were confident we could definitely chase the target.”
Courtesy: IBN LIVE