Kuldeep Yadav’s exclusion from the India’s playing XI for the ongoing second Test against Bangladesh may have surprised many but senior pacer Umesh Yadav on Thursday said it is a part of every cricketer’s journey.
Kuldeep was the man of the match in India’s 188-run win against Bangladesh in the first Test as he claimed a match-winning haul of eight wickets, besides scoring a useful 40 runs in India’s first innings.
But to everyone’s shock, Kuldeep was left out for the second and final Test in Mirpur, Dhaka as the Rahul Dravid-coached side opted for an extra pacer in Jaydev Unadkat, who featured in his first Test match in 12 years.
“It’s part of your journey. It happened to me also. Sometimes you are out of the team because of performance and sometimes it’s a management’s call. You have to go with the team’s requirements,” Umesh told reporters after the end of first day’s play.
“It’s good for him (Kuldeep) that he came back and performed well (in the first Test in Chattogram).”
Spearheading the pace attack in the absence of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh returned with figures of 4/25, while veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also grabbed four wickets 4/71 to bowl Bangladesh out for 227 in their first innings. In reply, India were 19 for no loss at the stumps on day one.
Left-arm pacer Unadkat justified his inclusion by giving the first breakthrough, dismissing last match’s centurion Zakir Hasan with a superb delivery which kicked off from length as the left-hander fended it straight to the fielder at point.
“When he (Unadkat) made his debut I was with him in South Africa. So, I’m very happy for him that he finally got his chance. He has performed well in the domestic season,” said Umesh.
“When he came into bowl with the new ball, the ball was doing a bit, many balls took the nick of batter’s gloves,” he said of Unadkat, who returned with day’s figures of 2/50.
“We knew that Unadkat is used to bowl on these types of wickets and can swing it both ways. So he just had to keep bowling in the right areas and test the batters’ patience.”
It seemed to be an under-par total by the hosts but Umesh said they (Indian bowlers) have to keep bowling well.
“In Tests, you can’t just say a total. You have to keep bowling well. It’s a good performance with the way the wicket is playing, odd ball turning, some keeping out. It was a good bowling show to keep them under 300.”
Asked if the Indian bowlers had it easy against the Bangladeshi batters, he said: “No batting lineup is easy, you just can’t come and get them out. Test cricket is the toughest format. You have to keep bowling and batting well. Test cricket is all about patience.
“It’s a 50-50 kind of wicket. It’s not fully for the pacers or the spinners. Some of the balls are doing something and some not doing. We have to be patient and bowl in the right areas. The odd ball is bouncing from the back of length,” he said about the wicket.
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