Umesh Yadav says India planned to bowl lots of maiden overs

Umesh Yadav has said India's bowling unit planned to string together 'as many maiden overs as possible' on the third day in its bowling innings against West Indies on Saturday.

Umesh Yadav took 4 for 41 on the third day against West Indies.   -  AP

Umesh Yadav has said India's bowling unit planned to string together 'as many maiden overs as possible' on the third day in its bowling innings against West Indies on Saturday.

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West Indies was bowled out for 243 in its first innings in response to India's 566 for eight declared and then were asked to follow-on. At stumps on the third day of the first Test, the hosts finished at 21 for 1. Incidentally, of the 103.2 overs India has bowled to West Indies so far in the Antigua Test, 34 have been maidens.

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"It is all about planning. Before the game we planned about bowling as many maiden overs as possible and frustrate the batsmen. We didn't want to give them easy runs and we stuck to our plan, and the results came," Yadav said at the post day's press conference late last night.

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"On such wickets a lot of hard work is needed and you need to hold on to half chances. If we don't, then wickets won't come and it would be difficult to take 20 wickets, as the pitch would slow down even more. So the plan was to be consistent and bowl maiden overs, and force the batsmen into playing bad shots," he added.

Skipper Virat Kohli set some attacking fields and they worked wonders as Yadav (4 for 41) and comebackman Mohammed Shami (4 for 66) shared eight wickets between them to rock the West Indies' batting line-up.

"We decided the field placements beforehand because there wasn't anything in the wicket for fast bowlers. Even the wind was affecting our bowling, sometimes it was moving the ball a bit more and sometimes it was not reversing as well. So we were talking continuously as to what we should do to grab half chances even if they come to us," said the pacer.

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