Michael Holding, the former West Indies fast bowler was impressed with Umesh Yadav’s show, but a tad disappointed with Shardul Thakur as he feels India missed having a third impact bowler in the innings. India was forced to make two changes to their fast-bowling unit for the fourth Test against England at the Oval.
With niggles to Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma, as captain Virat Kohli had pointed out, India included Shardul Thakur and Umesh Yadav in the XI, and while Umesh Yadav impressed with 3/76 in the first innings, including the wicket of the dangerous Joe Root, Shardul Thakur, after impressing with the bat, could not create the same impact with the ball, finishing with 1/54.
Michael Holding Impressed By Umesh Yadav’s Bowling But Ineffective Shardul Thakur’s Bowling Disappointed Him
However, the one wicket which he picked up was highly crucial for India – that of Ollie Pope, who was motoring towards a century before dragging one onto his stumps. Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding was impressed with Umesh Yadav’s show, but a tad disappointed with pacer Shardul Thakur as he feels India missed having a third impact bowler in the innings, which in turn, allowed England to attain a 99-run first-innings lead.
“Yadav surprised me a little bit because I didn’t expect him to be a little bit more effective than Bumrah and I think he did. Bumrah bowled some fantastic deliveries and both of them showed pretty good control,” Michael Holding said on Sky Sports.
“What disappointed me after the first hour was the fact that they didn’t have anyone to continue the pressure – Thakur came in and bowled but he’s not the type that is going to get wickets like Bumrah and Yadav. There just wasn’t anything there and he’s just not going to be very effective under these conditions,” said Michael Holding.
Umesh Yadav emerged as India’s best bowler of the day, picking up three wickets as India bowled England out for 290. However, the 99-run lead was cut short to 56, after India openers, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul batted extremely well to take the team’s score to 43/0 at stumps on Day 2 at The Oval.
Shardul Thakur Was The Top Scorer With 57 Off 36 Balls In India’s 1st Innings
Shardul Thakur turned out to be the saving grace for the Indian cricket team on Day 1 of the 4th Test match between England and India at the Kennington Oval. The right-handed batsman scored a sensational 57 off just 36 deliveries and was the top scorer.
Shardul Thakur achieved a special milestone as well during the course of his knock, and scored the fastest Test half-century on England soil, reaching his fifty off just 31 deliveries. And, he broke the record of the great Sir Ian Botham of England, who had reached his half-century off 32 deliveries.
On the 2nd day, England was dismissed for 290 as Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes helped their team take a crucial 99-run lead in the 4th Test at The Oval. Ollie Pope scored 81 while Chris Woakes played a blistering knock of 50 runs to propel England after a shaky start.
Indian pacer Umesh Yadav scalped 150 Test wickets with the wicket of Craig Overton on Friday morning. Before the 4th Test against England, the Indian pacer had 148 Tets wickets but Joe Root’s wicket on Day 1 and Craig Overton’s wicket on Day 2 helped him reach the 150-wicket figure. It took him 49 Tests to reach the milestone.
Umesh Yadav, who impressed Michael Holding, has picked up 151 Test scalps in 49 Tests averaging 30.44.