India pacer Umesh Yadav lit up his team’s abysmal innings in the third Test against Australia. He came out to bat after the fall of the eighth wicket in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin. With only 88 runs on the board and a difficult wicket on offer, the 2013 Champions Trophy winner decided to add some quick runs. The right-arm pacer scored 17 off just 13 balls including two sixes.
Even though his inning didn’t help much, it filled some entertainment in what was a forgettable inning. After winning the toss for the first time in the series, the home team decided to bat first. After the first six overs, the introduction of spin brought difficulties for the Rohit Sharma-led side. All of their 10 wickets fell to spin with Matthew Kunhemann picking his maiden five-wicket haul.
In reply, the Aussies have reached 156/4 with Ravindra Jadeja taking all wickets so far. For the visitors, Usman Khawaja scored a fifty before getting out trying to play a slog sweep.
Speaking on his innings, he said “Played to my plans, tried to score when there was an opportunity and kept out the good balls. Not rocket science, honestly. Not an easy wicket out there. Spin-friendly wicket, it felt tough the whole time and I don’t expect it to get better. I used the sweep intermittently when I needed to today, did the similar thing last week. It’s just another arsenal in your repertoire. It’s hard enough out there, bowler keeps you guessing, I was trying to keep them guessing too. It was a bit of a cat and mouse.”
Umesh Yadav surpasses Yuvraj Singh and Ravi Shastri
Meanwhile, with those two sixes, he went past the likes of Singh and Shastri in terms of sixes in the longest format of the game. Singh and Shastri have 22 sixes to their name.
This is how Twitter reacted
I think he surpassed kohli fast
— Ishant Bhadoriya (@IshantBhadoriya) March 1, 2023
Umesh Yadav is goat 🐐 like Yuvraj Singh 🐐
— Ram BadriNath Sastry ⛳⛳ (@RamAnna25) March 1, 2023
bsdk shami bhi khilate siraj ki jagah vi bhi 2-3 marleta. siraj yaha bilkul useless ha🤣🤣🤣🤮🤮🤮🥲🥲🥲
— Kawal7818 (@kawal7818) March 1, 2023
Umesh Yadav supermacy 🛐🗿 pic.twitter.com/Pa0QNZec0S
— Pavan (@Pavan007pk) March 1, 2023
Isn't India doing mistake by sending Axar Patel down the order. Literally he is the best batsman of spin in this team. And you are under utilising his ability to score runs. He should clearly bat up the order and he can save collapses.
— Rahul Kumar (@RahulKu75155697) March 1, 2023
Aag lagi basty main Umesh Yadav Apne Masti Mai
— Prasun Jha (@jprasun21) March 1, 2023
Umesh already better than Kohli,Pujara combined
— Adlee (@CricStatGeek) March 1, 2023
— 🇮🇳ꪜ𝐢𝐧𝐨⁹⁶🚩 (@vinoo_96) March 1, 2023
150 pahuncha de bs fir to follow on de denge
— Hemant (@hem_a_nt) March 1, 2023
Umesh has been selected for his batting on this pitch. He's hitting em clean
— rec'd (@riteshz1) March 1, 2023
Umesh yadav won't get chance to bowl so showing his batting skill
— 🤡 (@O1234OOOO) March 1, 2023
Umesh Yadav should bat at 4… He got intent and plays spin better than Chamiya
— GaltiSeMistakeHogaya (@AndBhala) March 1, 2023