The time that Bhuvneshwar Kumar got between the one-day series against England and the Test series against Australia, was utilised by the medium pacer to practice at the Victoria Park Stadium in Meerut.
It was the same venue where the Kanpur lad had learnt the nuances of swing bowling
before bursting on to the international scene. And, once again, it was the same old training field that helped him prepare extensively for the tough Australia series.
“He spent almost 8-9 days here at the Victoria Park Stadium before the series began,” said Sanjay Rastogi, Bhuvi's coach from early days.
“We have two pitches at the ground --- one assists spinners while the other helps the pacers. Bhuvi used to bowl tirelessly on the second pitch and get batting practice on the spin-friendly wicket,” said Rastogi.
Though Bhuvneshwar went wicket-less on his debut in Chennai, the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium pitch in Hyderabad — known to offer help to seamers in the first hour — proved to be a happy hunting ground for the UP pacer.
He accounted for the important wickets of David Warner, Ed Cowan and Shane Watson on the first day of the second Test and was obviously happy to play his part effectively with the new ball.
“It was always my dream to play Test cricket for the country. When I got my first wicket, I was obviously very happy,” said Kumar.