Indian attack has got ability to get 20 SA wickets: Umesh
New Delhi: Speedster Umesh Yadav says the current Indian attack has the ability to take 20 wickets in a Test match during its tour of South Africa, seen by many as the side's litmus test following a string of successes at home.
"The wickets in South Africa will put the focus back on the fast bowling unit and rightly so. There will be a lot of expectation from us and I believe this attack has the ability to get 20 South African wickets. All of us had a good 14 months at home and it's time to translate into overseas success," Yadav said during an interview.
What makes Yadav optimistic is the lion-hearted performance of the pacers on rather unresponsive home tracks in recent times. "I believe good fitness, proper plans were key to our success in the sub-continent. But the main thing is the attitude with which you enter the field. If we can maintain it in South Africa, no one can stop us," said the man, who is one shy of completing 100 Test wickets.
Sanjay Manjrekar, in a column, urged Yadav to bowl a line where batsmen don't leave most of his deliveries and also owing to the suspect slip catching of the Indian team. Yadav felt like Kapil Dev, his strength is natural outswinger and he doesn't want to lose it trying to bowl too many inswingers.
"Like Kapil Dev, my natural delivery is outswinger. If I try to bowl too many incoming deliveries, it can lead to me losing my outswinger, which I don't want. Obviously, there will be a few change-ups with incoming deliveries but outswinger remains my core strength," Yadav said. Indian pacers got carried away with their line on earlier occasions when they got pacer-friendly wickets, but it won't happen this time around, he assured.
"During earlier tours, we were younger and more excited. But now, all of us — Ishant, Shami, Bhuvi and myself know how to curb our over enthusiasm. We will be assessing the conditions," said Umesh.