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Is Umesh Yadav the next big bowler from India?

He can hardly speak a word in English and he has that raw, out-of-this world kind of expression on his face but Umesh Yadav can do one thing that most Indian fans have been desperately waiting for and that is, He bowls fast and I mean, consistently fast without looking as if he is really exerting himself. Playing for the Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2010, this young bowler from Bihar has been exemplary in his first stint in competitive cricket. Further, he has not even played for his state side on a consistent basis and yet, he can bowl steadily at around the 145 km/hr mark.If you are an Indian fan that much speed is perhaps the maximum that any Indian bowler has ever generated. If Yadav can put in some eye-catching performances in the domestic scene, it is just a matter of time before this lad will be seen sharing the new ball with Zaheer. Ishant Sharma must be thinking how fast can life turn around:(. However, he is still young and capable of making a comeback...at least, I hope so. There have been just too many disappointments in the past with the likes of Irfan Pathan falling apart. It is still a mystery what actually happened to the young Pathan who was supposed to be the next, Wasim Akram. However, there seems to be something more to Umesh than what meets the eye. Firstly, he doesn't really exert himself and yet, he hits the 140 Ks mark with regular ease. This does point to the potential of being quick in the league of someone like Brett Lee. But then again, these are very early days in his career and these are just the first impressions....keeping my fingers crossed. Further, his bowling action is such that he doesn't exert too much pressure on his back and lower limbs, something that has been the scourge for most of the quick bowlers over the last five years.

7 comments:

  1. I know who you are talking about..even some of my friends were surprised when they saw this guy. it is not that is express or someone who can breach the 150 k mark with ease..it is just that his bowling action is so smooth and he bowls at around 145 Ks with such ease..good find for India.

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  2. Hmmm..you are right about the smothness part. I remember Ian Bishop once saying that many of the injuries he sustained during his troubled career were mainly due to his faulty bowling action though it looked smooth on TV. Still I believe that Yadav has a very decent action and what more, he even got some good triceps. YOU CAN NEVER COUNT OUT THE UTILITY OF THEM TRICEPS:)

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  3. I hope he does not turn out to be the next big disappointment considering what has happened with Ishant Sharma in the recent past and even, Irfan Pathan....what are these guys doing exactly these days, I mean apart from fooling around in IPL3

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  4. Just to update everybody, Yadav has been called-in as a replacement for the injured Praveen Kumar. Considering that Yadav can consistently bowl at 140k's+, he should be able to do some damage on the quicker wickets of the West Indies.

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  5. all I can say is that the guy does have a chance of breaking into the team even if he isn't world-shattering material, considering that the Indian team does not have someone really fast who could challenge him.

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  6. yes I agree.. he bowled preety fast in IPL while he clean bowled angelo and also during his bowling against zimbabve though he lacked experience and it seems that he has a yorker... i feel he is better then abhimanyu ,irfan and many.. he is next to zaheer today .. I really mean it..ishant does not swing it , is slower than him sreesanth is fragile n weak, i feel umesh is ready now, abhimanyu is slow and sudeep is also slower than him.. i feel dinda and Umesh are preety cool guys next to zaheer and nehra ...and thats why they bowled together when they went to zimbabve

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  7. are you serious? they guy has played nothing till date and does not bowl that great, are you daydreaming?

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