Hyderabad: Shivlal Yadav is as qualified as anyone else to talk cricket in general, and offspin in particular. The former India offspinner finished with 102 wickets from 35 Tests, and had 330 wickets overall in 112 first-class matches in a career than spanned 13 years, between 1977 and 1990.
A former Hyderabad captain, Yadav has been a national selector, and has travelled on several tours as team manager, most recently to Australia when India were beaten 4-0. Now one of the vice-presidents of the Hyderabad Cricket Association, Yadav said he was delighted that Hyderabad had played its part in India getting their own back.
"I know what Australia must be going through right now," said Yadav to Wisden India on Wednesday (March 6). "We were in a not-too-dissimilar position last year when we got thrashed in Australia. I am really happy the Indian team is doing well in this series. The Australians will now realise that it can be pretty challenging to play away from your comfort zone, and when you lose in the manner in which Australia have in the first two Tests, you will appreciate the demands of touring better."