Senior India fast bowler Umesh Yadav’s fitness test which will be conducted in next two days’ time will determine if he can join Ishant Sharma & Jasprit Bumrah in a trio pace attack for India for the upcoming day & night test against England. The test which will be played with the pink ball will begin from February 24 in Ahmedabad.
It is observed that the Indian team management wants to play to its full strength & there could be a full-fledged bowling attack with Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel ready to exploit the conditions to the fullest.
With Ashwin & Axar scalping 15 wickets of 20 wickets in the second test, India is keeping in mind swinging pink ball under lights & the team may drop Kuldeep Yadav & include a third pacer in their bowling attack. Jasprit Bumrah will join after rest & so the choice will be made between Umesh & Mohammed Siraj for the third pacer’s slot
“Umesh’s fitness test will happen in a couple of days’ time,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Friday. Umesh Yadav was ruled out of the second test against Australia in Melbourne last December after he suffered a calf muscle injury. He has been an effective in form bowler on Indian tracks & was menacing during the country’s inaugural day-night Test in Kolkata.
However, it will be interesting to see how dry the Motera wicket is considering there could be dew. “Look, it doesn’t matter if the ball is red or pink. If you keep a dry wicket, ball will turn and extra lacquer won’t be of any consequence,” a former India spinner said when asked for his opinion.
“However, if there is dew then obviously the ball will start skidding and it might just be good for batting. So that can’t be discounted,” he said.