India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli explains the rationale for selecting Umesh Yadav over Hanuma Vihari in Pune Check

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Many had been shocked after to see Vihari being disregarded.

Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav. (Photograph Supply: Twitter)

The second Check match of the Gandhi-Mandela Freedom Trophy is at the moment underway on the M.C.A Stadium in Pune. After having registered a simple 203-run-win within the first match at Visakhapatnam, India are batting first after successful the toss and entered the sport because the favourites.

The final time there was a Check match on the venue, India had been knocked over by the left-arm spin of Steve O’Keefe and a batting masterclass by the then Aussie captain Steve Smith, on a dustbowl masquerading as a Check match pitch. The 333-run defeat is India’s sole loss below Virat Kohli’s management at residence.

The pitch at the moment had garnered widespread criticism from followers and pundits and in addition earned a ‘poor’ score from the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC). So, naturally heading into the Check, all eyes had been on the pitch that the curator would dish out. And, the one query so far as the Indian staff was involved was will they proceed with the identical template of six batters + keeper + 2 spinners + 2 seamers or will they add one other pacer to their set-up? 

Strengthening our bowling all-round

The thriller was lastly solved. India’s captain Virat Kohli received the toss and determined to bat first, signalling that they’ve added Umesh Yadav, contemplating the pitch was arduous and reverse-swing may come into play. In addition they needed to have an attacking fifth bowling choice within the combine. That meant the very best run-scorer of the West Indies sequence, Hanuma Vihari needed to make means.

“It’s good to win the toss and bat first, the wicket might be greatest for batting on the primary day and a half, it will definitely turns from day 2 and three. Hanuma Vihari misses out, Umesh Yadav replaces him. The floor is a bit arduous right here (therefore) nonetheless conserving a fifth attacking choice to again Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami. Simply strengthening our bowling all spherical,” he mentioned.

And, contemplating how the pitch has performed so far, having supplied early seam motion apart from providing a fantastic carry- vindicated by Rabada’s dismissal of Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara, it would show to be a prudent choice. South Africa too handed a Check debut to Anrich Nortje rather than off-spinner Dane Piedt. For the uninitiated, Umesh Yadav has probably the most variety of wickets (50)  for an Indian pacer at residence because the begin of 2016.

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