Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav (Image Credit: Twitter)

Indian paceman Umesh Yadav is amongst the six pacers named for their upcoming England tour. India’s three-month sojourn to England begins with the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton, followed by the five-match Test series against the Englishmen. Umesh Yadav, who is focusing most on the WTC final, named Kane Williamson as a crucial wicket.

While India start as marginal favourites for the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand, the Kiwis have a fair share of momentum. They beat the Indian team comprehensively in their last meeting, winning the two-match series by blanking the tourists in New Zealand. Kane Williamson, one of their most experienced and reliable batsmen, holds the hopes for their batting line-up.

Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson
Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Umesh Yadav highlighted that even though they know about Kane Williamson’s game, he hardly has any weakness. The Vidharba seamer believes that they have to back their strengths and maintain good lines that can fetch them wickets. Yadav thinks that getting Williamson out early is how they could boost their chances of winning.

“We do have a fair idea about Kane’s game, though I don’t think he has too many weaknesses. Of course, any quality batsman can fall to a good delivery, so as a fast bowler, you should look to stick to your strong points and bowl more of those balls which can fetch you wickets. And yeah, we need to get Kane out as early as possible as that’ll surely benefit the team,” Yadav told The Telegraph.

Umesh Yadav wary of New Zealand’s strengths across departments:

Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav (Image Credit: Twitter)


Umesh Yadav remarked that the Black Caps are a well-oiled machine as they bat deep and have lethal fast bowlers; hence, he expects it to be a tough game. The right-arm pacer claims that English conditions are also challenging for them; thus, he stresses on remaining disciplined throughout the match. The 33-year old thinks that the side maintaining the most discipline will prevail in Southampton.

“New Zealand are a strong side, they bat deep and their pacers are quite experienced and lethal. So it will be a tough game. English conditions are also a big challenge for us and so is playing against a team like New Zealand. But being Test players, we need to play with discipline and make sure we remain disciplined right throughout in all aspects of the game. The team that maintains such discipline in each and every session will prevail,” he added.

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