NEW DELHI: When you have as many tattoos as England paceman Jade Dernbach has on his bowling arm, you must surely have a large threshold for withstanding pain. This is one thing that'll come in handy for Dernbach bowling on Indian pitches, which are, generally, nothing less than graveyards for fast bowlers.
So what's the way out for the pacemen bowling in the death overs? "I have a way of going about this which is to change the pace of the deliveries. With the new rule that has come in, one practically gets a new ball even in the 45th over, so the scope of reverse swing is that much less," Dernbach said on the eve of second ODI at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Sunday.
The Surrey speedster can hurl the cherry at over 90mph but preferred to use slower ones at the death to keep a degree of control in the first ODI at Hyderabad. He gave away 58 runs from his 10 overs - the only English bowler apart from Graeme Swann, who maintained an economy rate of less than six an over.
"You need to be flexible according to the conditions. The speed of the slower deliveries also needs to vary depending on the pace of the pitch and size of the boundary. The length has to be absolutely precise because it is not in a bowlers' control if the ball will grip onto the surface," the 25-year-old said.
'No holding Umesh back'
The Indians, however, believe that pace is the best way to tickle the English lower-order. They have found the right weapon for this task in Umesh Yadav, who rattled the stumps of Samit Patel and Graeme Swann in the last match.
"We will not be holding back Umesh. We encourage him to use his pace and express himself. It is an advantage that he can bowl fast at the death."