Umesh Yadav: Speed with swing is lethal

Back in the Test squad, after a year, Indian pacer Umesh Yadav feels that he has learnt from his mistakes. The 26-year old also made it clear that cutting down on pace was never an option.

"When I toured Zimbabwe, I was excited as well as nervous. I desperately wanted to do well. Unfortunately the series didn't go well for me but I learned from my mistakes. I worked on my shortcomings but cutting down on my pace never struck my mind. Playing domestic cricket helped me and so did touring with India A," he is quoted as saying in an interview to The Times of India.

When asked if bowling at 145+ speeds was a burden or a responsibility, Yadav answered by saying it was the latter.

"It's a responsibility. Your team expects you to get early breakthroughs, break the partnership or make things happen when nothing is going right. Every team today has one or two 145-plus bowlers in their ranks now. If you bowl at that pace you don't need to bother about the conditions. You need to make the ball swing and also be able to reverse it. Earlier, I had swing but didn't have control and that's what I learned to do after the tour of Zimbabwe in 2010. I worked a lot with Subroto (Bannerjee) Sir how to be effective and not to waste my energy," he said.

The Vidarbha pacer is known to be a little expensive, a fact that he concedes.

"Even I know I concede too many boundary balls sometimes. But you have to understand fast bowling isn't easy and I always go for wickets. Sometimes the ball doesn't swing and drifts down the leg side; sometimes your action isn't synchronized; sometimes your body doesn't get into the rhythm. However, I will improve only by playing."

He believes that he is mentally strong, and is confident about doing well against the West Indies.

"My preparations for the series are good. It will be Sachin Paaji's last series so it's great to be part of history."

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