XtraTime Web Desk: Indian cricket team’s star pacer Umesh Yadav was the star for the hosts in the first innings of the second test as he took a 6-wicket haul against West Indies at Hyderabad.
On the first hour of second day’s play Umesh grabbed all the remaining 3 wickets of the visitors to reduce them on 311 in the first innings. With this top bowling effort, the speedster became the first pacer to pick 6 wickets in an innings since the year 2000.
The six-wicket haul was his personal best figures as well as he outsmart his previous record which came against the Aussies in Perth back in 2012. His performance was more valuable for the team because he as the only pacer in the hand of skipper Kohli after another pacer Shardul Thakur was forced to leave the field after bowling just 10 deliveries on his debut test due to an injury.
On day 1 Umesh’s start was not up to the mark but he made a strong comeback later in the game to put the visitors on the back foot. Despite of taking six wickets in the first innings, Umesh didn’t look pleased with the SG ball and joined his skipper to raise the question about the seam of the ball.
“What happens with SG balls is that they become soft after 20 overs so the batsmen coming later don’t face much difficulty. So tailenders know that it will neither swing nor reverse. You just have to wait for something to happen and keep trying. But you can’t really do it on such a big ground, the ones and twos keep coming,” Umesh said at the end of Day 1.