'I have become an improved bowler'

Umesh Yadav returned his best bowling figures (4/53) in ODIs against Sri Lanka and credited good run in the series to his improved line and length.

“I have been playing for a while now and I have had the chance to observe my own game,” said Yadav. “Irrespective of what kinds of wickets are there, I have concentrated on my line and length. I have made conscious efforts not to bowl short but pitch it a bit up and make the batsmen play. My lengths have improved a lot and the areas I have pitched the ball have been right,” he pointed out. 

Yadav was incisive in the afternoon. He was nippy and got the ball to jag around a bit that earned him the wickets of Kusal Perera and Kumar Sangakkara. “In the afternoon the conditions were good for bowling. It was a bit cloudy so you can say we had helpful conditions in the beginning but the wicket became slower gradually. There was a bit of bounce and carry and if you maintained a good seam, there was both swing and seam.”

Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews said his team paid the price for not learning from its past mistakes. “We can’t keep repeating the same mistakes,” he noted after Lanka conceded an unassailable 0-3 lead to India. “Once again we flopped in our batting. I thought the batting power play was poor. We lost three wickets for minimum runs. We can’t keep doing these mistakes and then hope to win. We can’t do that here.

Especially against a sub-continental team like India you need to try and stay positive. 300-run mark is a minimum here. On this sort of wicket, 242 was nothing to bowl at,” he rued.

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