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Bhuvneshwar Kumar turns reporter after Sunrisers Hyderabad’s narrow win in IPL

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who picked up 5/19 to help Sunrisers Hyderabad to a narrow five-run win over Kings XI Punjab in the 2017 Indian Premier League, became a reporter and interviewed the Afghanistan duo of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi.

ipl 2017 Updated: Apr 18, 2017 10:18 IST
Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up his maiden five-wicket haul as Sunrisers Hyderabad registered a narrow five-run win over Kings XI Punjab in the 2017 Indian Premier League.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up his maiden five-wicket haul as Sunrisers Hyderabad registered a narrow five-run win over Kings XI Punjab in the 2017 Indian Premier League.(BCCI)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up the second five-wicket haul of the 2017 Indian Premier League as his haul of 5/19 helped Sunrisers Hyderabad to a narrow five-run win over Kings XI Punjab in Hyderabad on Monday. (IPL 2017 full coverage)

Bhuvneshwar, who picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in this format, has been Sunrisers Hyderabad’s star bowler in the death and he once again delivered for the team. In the 19th over, with Kings XI Punjab requiring 16 off 12 balls, Bhuvneshwar got the wicket of KC Cariappa (1) and the massive wicket of Manan Vohra (95) as Sunrisers Hyderabad conceded just five runs in that over. (HIGHLIGHTS)

After the end of the match, the Indian fast bowler said he was under no pressure. “When I came to bowl the second-last over, I did not feel the pressure as I had bowled in these situations in the past. I knew what I had to bowl and I backed myself to execute the plans well,” Bhuvneshwar added.

‘Reporting’ duties for Bhuvneshwar

After the end of the match, having done his job as a bowler and giving the team victory, Bhuvneshwar decided to take up another job. This time as a reporter. Following the conclusion, Bhuvneshwar decided to take over the mike and interview the dynamic Afghanistan duo of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi.

Nabi, who became the first Afghanistan player to be brought in the 2017 Indian Premier League auction, struggled with the bat and was hit for a six in his first ball. However, he pulled things back and finished with figures of 1/28, with his first wicket being England skipper Mohammad Nabi.

Speaking to Bhuvneshwar, the former Afghanistan captain said, “I was under a bit of pressure as this was my first-ever game in the IPL. When my first ball was hit for a six, the pressure increased for me. We were 10-15 runs short and I had to deliver. After being hit, I decided to bowl wicket-to-wicket and the plan worked.”

Rashid Khan picked up two wickets to pull Sunrisers Hyderabad back in the game. (BCCI)

Rashid Khan and the ability to second-guess

Bhuvneshwar then turned his attention to 18-year-old legspinning sensation Rashid Khan. After conceding 19 runs in his first over, Rashid was under pressure. “I was confident that I would bounce back. I knew that I had bowled loose balls. I decided to bowl wicket to wicket and the plan was executed successfully,” he said.

Rashid did bounce back in style and in his second over, he got rid of David Miller (1) and Wriddhiman Saha (0). Rashid attributed his success to this plan. “I wanted to second-guess the batsman’s mind. If he tries to counter the googly, I try to bowl the legspinner as much as possible. I aim for dot balls as well,” Rashid said.

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s next match will be against Delhi Daredevils on April 19.