Malahide (Ireland): Sachin Tendulkar earlier has already called it a ‘perfect recipe for disaster’ and adding to the list India pacer Umesh Yadav has condemned the use of two new balls in ODIs, saying it is killing the art of reverse swing putting the fast bowlers in great disadvantage.
“Because of the two new balls, it is tough for a fast bowler to contain runs. If you have only one ball then it gets older and older and you get reverse swing. With two balls, one can hardly see any reverse swing in ODIs now. It is difficult for fast bowlers especially if they don’t get the lengths and the yorkers right,” Umesh stated Friday.
The ‘two new balls’ system was introduced by the ICC back in 2011, since then, there has been a spurt in the number of high-scoring games. The latest being the world record total of 481 posted by England against Australia earlier this month.
The pacer further added that the bowlers are facing difficulties whilst using two new balls in England. He also asserted that despite all the problems they are looking forward to taking up the challenge and will try to give their best on the tour.
The 33-year-old however, shrugged off his lack of opportunities in international cricket and said that he is looking to play against England. Umesh returned to the T20 side after a gap of five years against Ireland, Friday with impressive figures of 2/19 as India crushed the hosts by 143 runs to win the two match series.
“This is like my comeback after five years,” said Umesh. Asked about the plans to counter England’s free-flowing aggressive style of play, Umesh replied, “The mood is positive in the camp and everyone is raring to go. We have different plans for them and will be going out with an aggressive and confident mindset.”