Umesh Yadav enters record books after sensational 10-ball 31 in 3rd Test against South Africa
Indian pacer Umesh Yadav took the fans and the South African players by a storm on Sunday after launching a brutal assault with the bat on spinner George Linde as he smashed five sixes off his bowling enroute to a quickfire 10-ball 31. Umesh, who has enjoyed a decent series so far with the ball, showed he can be equally lethal with the bat. His crucial cameo helped India reach a big total of 497/9 before Virat Kohli decided to declare the innings.
Yadav came out to bat after Ravindra Jadeja's dismissal with India at 450/7. The hosts were in need of some quick runs and Umesh did exactly what was required as he went after Linde, who kept bowling straight lines and was smashed all around the park. Umesh took just ten balls to race to 31 with as many as five sixes. He was dismissed finally trying to get another maximum as he was caught by Heinrich Klaasen.
With his sensational 31-run-knock, Umesh etched his name in record books as he became the fastest to 30-plus score in Test history. Stephen Fleming was the fastest to the 30-plus runs in Tests before Sunday having reached the mark in just eleven balls. However, the Indian pacer scored 31 taking a delivery less with a stunning strike rate of 310 which is the highest for an innings of 30 or more runs in a Test match.
Umesh also became only the third player after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar (2013) and late West Indies batsman Foffie Williams (1948) to have hit sixes on the first two balls of a Test innings. He also became the fourth Indian after Sachin, MS Dhoni and Zaheer Khan to hit a six on the first ball faced in a Test innings.
After posting a big total on the board, the pacers got India off to a good start with the ball as South Africa lost two early wickets in their first innings. Mohammed Shami drew the first blood for the hosts by dismissing Dean Elgar on a duck before Umesh removed Quinton de Kock on 4. South Africa have a daunting task at hands to bounce back after two early wickets and chase down the huge target.