India fast bowler Umesh Yadav reckons it is important for the senior bowlers in the team to match the fitness and skill levels of the youngsters. With the likes of Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur on the fringes of the Indian team, some of the senior pros like Umesh also feels that both sets of fast bowlers can learn from each other.
"I know a lot of fast bowlers are coming through the ranks. I have been playing for 10 years. I don’t see it as pressure. I see it as healthy competition. When you play with youngsters, they are motivated to perform better than the seniors. We must also ensure we match their standards when it comes to fitness and skills. The seniors and youngsters learn from each other. You need to have good," Umesh told TOI.
Speaking of the importance of giving up pace for accuracy, Umesh said, "People do tend to focus on swing and accuracy after playing a certain number of years. But these days, you don’t get such conditions that you can get away by just swinging or seaming the ball. The way cricket is played these days, you need to focus on learning how to move the ball at pace. All three of us worked on it because we knew if the pitch is flat, we would have to depend on our pace and accuracy."
India will lock horns with New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton on June 18. Umesh reckons that it is like a World Cup for those who do not play the 50-over format.
"This is indeed like a World Cup for us who have not played white-ball cricket for India for a long time. We are now playing more Test matches these days. The ICC should keep coming up with such initiatives so that more people get interested in Test cricket and the format’s popularity keeps growing," the India fast bowler said.