Umesh Yadav added to Indian squad after clearing fitness test

Umesh Yadav
Indian bowler Umesh Yadav celebrates the dismissal of West Indies' Shai Hope during the first day of the second cricket test match between India and West Indies in Hyderabad, India, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Umesh Yadav has cleared a fitness Test and has joined the squad for the last two Tests against England to be held at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. After succeeding in the fitness Test on Sunday, the pacer was formally added to the Test squad on Monday. The pink-ball Test, the third match of the series begins in just a couple of days in Ahmedabad. The final Test will begin on March 4th and will be a conventional red-ball affair.

Umesh Yadav will be taking the place of Shardul Thakur who has been released from the squad. Thakur, meanwhile has travelled from Ahmedabad to Mumbai on a 10-hour car journey to join up with the Mumbai squad in the Vijay Hazare Trophy – India’s premier 50-over domestic competition.

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The addition of Umesh Yadav will bring a breath of fresh air to the Indian pace department which has looked severely depleted over the last month or so. Having cleared the fitness Test, he will join Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Siraj to share fast-bowling responsibilities. Ishant Sharma could go on to play his 100th Test in the third Test.

Umesh Yadav has appeared for India in 48 Tests, 28 of which have been at home where he’s really effective. He has picked up 148 wickets at an average of 30.54. However, at home the record reads: 96 wickets at 24.54. Since 2018, he has been extremely lethal on Indian soil and has taken 38 wickets with an average of 13.86 in just even Tests. His average and strike rate (24.3) in that period are the best in India of any bowler, given a minimum of three Tests played.

“Team India fast bowler Umesh Yadav appeared for a fitness Test on Sunday, 21st February at Motera. He has cleared his fitness test and has been added to the squad for the last two tests of the ongoing Paytm India-England Test series,” the BCCI officially announced in a statement.

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