Umesh Yadav’s superb bowling saw him trending on Twitter and why not? He was playing the series for the first time as the team management didn’t find enough reasons to put his name in the eleven. And then Ashwin affair took all the limelight, and here was Umesh waiting for his turn and when it came, boom! He first got rid of England skipper Joe Root with a peach of a delivery on the first day itself. Let’s not forget, Root could have taken the game away from India like he did in Leeds and threatened to do in Lord’s.
Such ferocious was the delivery that it surprised one of the finest in modern-day cricket. And later as the game resumed on Day 2, Umesh struck once again, this time the victim was Craig Overton. Dawid Malan was his third victim; the Twitter went berserk.
Matches taken by Indian pacers to reach 150 Test wickets:39 – Kapil Dev40 – Javagal Srinath42 – Mohammed Shami49 – UMESH YADAV49 – Zaheer Khan#ENGvIND
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) September 3, 2021
3 wickets for Umesh. Top quality fast bowling. England are 62/5 with Malan gone— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) September 3, 2021
With this he also completed 150 Test wickets and got an entry to an elusive club which has Kapil Dev, Jawagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan as members. Dev was the fastest to the club with 39 matches, Umesh is the joint fourth fastest to the club with 49 games.
Umesh Yadav strikes again! That’s two for him this morning! And a great catch by Rohit Sharma in slip. Big wicket! Malan is gone for 31. #ENGvIND— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) September 3, 2021
Umesh Yadav on a roll, 3rd wicket for him in this innings and England 5 down for 62 – What a start for India.— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 3, 2021
Earlier Skipper Virat Kohli couldn’t convert his good start into a much-anticipated three-figure knock as India’s struggled against a high quality England seam and swing attack left them crawling. They eventually bundled out for 191.
Kohli (50 off 96 balls), who looked a few notches above his other batting colleagues, hit some delectable cover drives but the fast-rising Ollie Robinson (16-9-24-2) got one to rear up as the Indian skipper closed his bat face to provide Jonny Bairstow a regulation catch.
(With PTI Inputs)