As India gears up for their third day night test, senior speedster, Umesh Yadav, who was added to the Indian squad for the last two Tests will go through a fitness Test slated on February 22nd. The pink ball is known to offer plenty of movement under lights and Yadav with his ability to swing the ball both ways can be very handy. If he clears the fitness and the conditions permitt, he will join Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah to form a lethal pace attack.
“Umesh’s fitness test will happen in a couple of days time,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Friday.
Umesh Yadav was ruled out of the Australia tour after a calf injury in the second Test at Melbourne. While India might be tempted to go in with three pacers, some experts are of the opinion that a dry Motera wicket might not allow the team to do so. The surface at Motera will turn and considering England’s nemesis against Ashwin and Axar Patel in the previous match, India might stick to the same combination with Jasprit Bumrah replacing Mohammed Siraj.
“Look, it doesn’t matter if the ball is red or pink. If you keep a dry wicket, ball will turn and extra lacquer won’t be of any consequence,” a former India spinner said when asked for his opinion. “However, if there is dew then obviously the ball will start skidding and it might just be good for batting. So that can’t be discounted,” he said.