India fast bowler Umesh Yadav credited captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri for settling the team down and reducing the chopping and changing that was prevalent previously. He feels that there are lesser changes in the Indian cricket team of late, which has helped the squad perform consistently.
Umesh’s comments came ahead of the first Test between England and India in Nottingham on August 4. Under coach Shastri and captain Kohli, India was the no.1 ranked Test team for five years, won back-to-back Test series in Australia, and defeated England at home recently. They also played the World Test Championship 2021 final against New Zealand.
As A Team, We Are Growing Together Under Captain Virat Kohli And Coach Ravi Shastri: Umesh Yadav
In an interview with TimesofIndia.com on Tuesday (August 3), Umesh Yadav commented on India’s recent performances in Test cricket. He also compared the current team management to the previous ones and said everything was in place now unlike before.
“As a team, we are growing together. Some years back, there was a lot of chopping and changing that happened. Now, everything is in place. Thanks to our captain (Virat Kohli) and coach (Ravi Shastri), the team has settled down now,” Umesh Yadav said.
Furthermore, Yadav was excited for the upcoming Test series against England and was confident that India will defeat England, mentioning how the current Indian squad has multiple players with the experience of having played more than 50 Tests.
He also said that England would be eager to avenge their 1-3 series loss in India earlier this year. However, Umesh was confident that India would record another series win against England.
“England came to India and suffered defeat. Now, we are going to play them in their own land. I am sure they must be having a lot of plans to stop us. They will try to win the series. But the way we are going forward, winning and performing, I am confident that we will defeat them,” Umesh Yadav added.
He added that every player knew his role and even the players called up at the last minute have the confidence that helps them perform well.