Time for Indian players to find rhythm ahead of stern tests Down Under

Team India is all set to play in its last home series before the 2015 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in Australia and New Zealand from February. India are hosting a long series against West Indies, consisting of five ODIs, one off Twenty20, followed by three Tests.

Shami, Umesh, Aaron key to India's WC chances: Shoaib Akhtar
Shami, Umesh, Aaron key to India's WC chances: Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar, once a nemesis of many a top Indian batsman, is now ready to offer advice to his arch-rivals saying that Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron will be key to India's 2015 World Cup defence.

Will use toe-crushers against England batsmen: Umesh Yadav

Fresh from a successful India A tour of Australia, paceman Umesh Yadav has revealed that his Kolkata Knight Riders bowling coach Wasim Akram helped him get his yorkers right and he is now keen to use the toe-crushers against England batsmen in the one-dayers.

Ojha's ton, Yadav's 90 takes India `A` ahead

In-form Naman Ojha struck a brave ton while No.10 batsman Umesh Yadav made 90 to not only pull India `A` out of trouble but also give the visitors a valuable lead after the third day`s play against Australia `A` in the second unofficial Test at Allan Border Field, here on Tuesday

Mishra spins trouble for Australia A on Day 1

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra bagged four wickets to spell trouble for the hosts as India A checked Australia A to 288 for seven on the opening day of the second and final unofficial Test at the Allan Border Field here on Sunday.

Indian bowlers restrict Bangladesh to 272/9 in 50 overs

An inexperienced Indian attack led by fast bowler Umesh Yadav performed admirably on a flat track restricting hosts Bangladesh to 272 for nine in the first of the three-match ODI series starting here on Sunday.

IPL 7: KKR storm into final with convincing win over KXIP

Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders stormed into the final of the Indian Premier League on the back of a convincing 28-run win over Kings XI Punjab, with pacer Umesh Yadav hogging the limelight with a fine display of fast bowling.

Young Indian pacers need higher level of fitness: Courtney Walsh

Legendary West Indian fast bowler Courtney Walsh feels that India can solve the problem of young pacers breaking down soon after bursting into the scene if they maintain a higher level of fitness.

Indian team is not scared of anyone, says Virat Kohli

India vice-captain Virat Kohli today dismissed South Africa pacer Dale Steyn`s notion that he and his team-mates were `frightened` of the Proteas` attack, saying they were good enough to tackle the host pace battery.

Acid test for Indian seamers in South Africa

It would not only test the in-form Indian top order in the three-match ODI series -- starting from December 5th -- but also the Indian seamers on those swift and bouncy tracks.

Won`t say Vidarbha attack wasn`t good, says Rahane after slamming ton

South Africa-bound Ajinkya Rahane, who scored a century in Mumbai`s second innings, dismissed suggestions that the Vidarbha attack was not strong enough to test the hosts` batting mettle in their ongoing Group A Ranji Trophy match here.

Will focus on line and length against South Africa, says Umesh Yadav

Back in the side after being sidelined for some months due to poor form, Indian pacer Umesh Yadav today said he will focus on getting his line and length right in next month`s Test and ODI series against South Africa.

Zaheer Khan back to spearhead India’s bowling attack

A much anticipated return, the Indian Cricket was waiting was that of speedster Zaheer Khan. The pacer has found a place back in the Indian Test squad and will be touring South Africa along with Team India in December.

Zaheer`s presence will help me grow as bowler: Umesh Yadav

Umesh Yadav is relieved that he is back in the scheme of things but the bigger reason for his happiness is that senior pro Zaheer Khan will be around during India`s upcoming tour of South Africa to guide the junior bowlers.

Shami, Bhuvneashwar make an excellent spearhead bowling attack

Mohammed Shami ability to reverse swing the ball with deadly effect helped the Indian team take the lead in the two match Test series.

Will never compromise on pace for anything else: Umesh Yadav

He is regarded as the fastest Indian bowler on the international scene and young Umesh Yadav reckons that he has been selected in the team for "sheer pace" and will never ever compromise on speed for anything else.

Don`t want to call myself leader of attack: Ishant

His three wickets might have been the most crucial bowling performance in India`s Champions Trophy semifinal win over Sri Lanka but pacer Ishant Sharma does not consider himself "leader" of the attack as he feels the triumph was a result of "team work".

Umesh Yadav has to learn discipline, says Kapil Dev

Former Indian speedster and 1983 World Cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev says Umesh Yadav needs to bring in more "discipline" in his approach to be a successful strike bowler.

Yadav`s fifer nails Australia after Karthik`s unbeaten ton

Umesh Yadav wreaked havoc with a five-wicket haul after Dinesh Karthik hit a sublime unbeaten hundred as India demolished Australia by 243 runs in their final Champions Trophy warm-up match here on Tuesday.

Pacers in India do not get enough encouragement, feels Steyn

The world`s numero uno fast bowler, Dale Steyn feels always looking up to spinners for wickets is not the right way to go about encouraging the crop of pacers in India.