Team India took an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three-match home Test series against South Africa on Sunday. The home team defeated the Faf du Plessis-led side by an innings and 137 runs in the second Test match in Pune to register its 11th consecutive series win at home. India also surpassed Australia’s world record of most consecutive Test series victories at home.
There were many memorable performances for India in this second Test match as captain Virat Kohli notched up his highest Test score of 254 not out, Ravindra Jadeja scored 91 runs and was also amongst the wickets, while comeback man Umesh Yadav bowled sensationally as well. The right-arm fast bowler picked up three wickets in the first and second innings each.
In his comeback Test match, Umesh looked a pretty improved bowler as he bowled in the right areas at a quick pace as well. He was part of Indian Test squad during the West Indies tour as well, but didn’t play in both the matches. After Jasprit Bumrah got ruled out of the South Africa Test series, Umesh was drafted as a replacement and left an excellent impact in his first game.
“I know that there is a lot of competition in the team so whoever comes in has to do well. I knew that it was important I do well if I get a chance. The way we are winning matches, you have to have the mindset to grab your chances. I was confident coming into the match because the last time I played in India I got 10 wickets in the match. If there is doubt in the mind, it’s not possible to perform well. It all went well for me,” quoted Umesh Yadav during the post-match press conference.
After being overlooked in the West Indies Test series, Umesh played for India A against South Africa A as he wanted to play any type of competitive cricket. He revealed that he asked to selectors to play him in whatever match as every game is pretty important for him.
“When I didn’t play in the West Indies, selectors put me in India A team for South Africa A series. But when there is a big gap with ODIs, T20s being played, I told the selectors that whatever match is there, let me play as match practice is very important for me,” Umesh added.