India vs England: Pitch Not Helpful for Bowlers, Says Umesh Yadav
England, who lead India by 417 runs, scored 477 runs in the first innings. Moeen Ali top scored with 146 while Joe Root scored 88.
India fast bowler Umesh Yadav on Saturday blamed the pitch for the poor show of the bowlers in the fifth and final Test at Chennai and said that there was not much to offer from the track.
England could have bowled out much early, thanks to the 108-run stand between Adil Rashid and Liam Dawson, scored 477 runs on the board and still lead India by 417 runs at the end of Day 2 on Saturday.
"I think it is very difficult to bowl on this track because ball is not turning that much. It is a little bit different. They got some quick runs but I think the ball is not turning a lot. That is the problem, we could not get wickets and lost momentum," Umesh did not seem to happy with the quality of the track on offer.
Asked if a result could be achieved on such a track, the Vidarbha fast bowler said it will depend if there is sufficient turn on offer from fourth day.
"There are three more days. Let's see how the wicket behaves. If it turns after the third day, I think there will still be some interest left in the game."
Asked what took the team so long to bounce out Moeen Ali, who has had perennial problems against short ball, Umesh said:"This plan is already there. Yesterday, the fast bowlers didn't bowl that much. Today, we made a plan that we will bowl short to Moeen and make sure he plays all the balls. We wanted to bowl to his left shoulder and after that we got the momentum as he tried to pull some balls."
Umesh said that bowling alongside with Ishant has been a plus because of former's experience of over 70 plus Test matches.
"I think he is a very senior bowler. He has a lot of experience. Whenever we are thinking about the wickets or thinking how to get wickets on these kind of tracks so Ishant and I keep talking to him, he has a lot of experience playing 70-plus Test matches," said Umesh.
"I think it is a very positive sign. He just came back and he's bowling very easily. It just helps a lot, whenever your senior bowler is bowling with you. You get that confidence. And he can gauge the nature of the pitch very quickly, what we have to do on this wicket. If he bowls just two balls, then he will know if there will be reverse on this wicket."
Umesh said that not having a proper bowling coach is not a problem with presence of Anil Kumble and Sanjay bangar, who bowled medium pace during his playing days.
"Actually, I think at this stage it doesn't matter that much but still we need coaches, who can help us during the bad times or bad sessions. I think Anil Bhai and Sanjay Bangar are there. They know about bowling.
Sanjay Bangar was a medium-pacer, he bowled a lot in his time. He gives idea on how to bowl on these type of wickets as he has played a lot of first-class matches. Whenever we are not doing well, we just talk to Anil bhai or Sanjay bhai, they can help us any time or in any situation."
(With inputs from PTI)