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Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019

India vs New Zealand: Bhuvneshwar Kumar enjoying his bowling, not tired at all

India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has taken four wickets in the first two One-Day Internationals against New Zealand.

india-vs-new-zealand-2017 Updated: Oct 28, 2017 18:17 IST
Sharad Deep
Sharad Deep
HIndustan Times, Kanpur
Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has brought much success to the Indian cricket team recently.
Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has brought much success to the Indian cricket team recently.(PTI)

New Zealand seamers Tim Southee and Trent Boult make up arguably the best new-ball pair in the Test cricket nowadays. It happened because former captain Brendon McCullum showed great patience in nurturing their abilities, always ensuring they got enough rest between Test series to remain fresh.

Dominant in the ongoing series, Bolt and Southee complement each other with their swinging skills, be it England or Australia or even the typically slow sub-continent wickets. In fact, Bolt was the one who had troubled Sachin Tendulkar the most with his incoming deliveries before his retirement. It was their bowling that helped the Black Caps reach the 2015 World Cup final.

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In contrast, India have just one good swing bowler in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who can be pretty versatile irrespective of the tracks. Mohammed Shami, despite being a superb old ball bowler, doesn’t play consistently. And the likes of Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah have some limitations.

Considering the paucity of consistently effective swing bowlers, India’s prerogative should be to make best use of Kumar’s ability and yet conserve him for as long as possible. “It’s not my job to decide resting myself or not, it’s up to the team management and the BCCI to take a call,” Bhuvi told Hindustan Times on the eve of the India-NZ third and final ODI here. “But one thing is sure that I am not tired at all, and enjoying my bowling very well,” he added.

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Bhuvi, who has been part of Indian team in all formats, credits bowling coach Bharat Arun for his recent success. “He (Arun) is somebody who manages bowlers really well. At this level you don’t want to get too much into the technique. He sometimes pinpoints certain things which can really improve your bowling,” said Bhuvi, adding, “For example I increased my pace but my lost swing. I did not how to go about it. So he shared some fine points that helped me get my swing back. His role in the team is invaluable.”

With four wickets in the series so far, including a match-winning 3/45 in Pune, Kumar said there was no change in team’s mental set up despite this being a short series. “It is a short series but mental approach is the same as any other series. But as I said, we have not been challenged in a while at home, so everyone is looking forward to the challenge,” he said at the pre-match press conference.

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For New Zealand, Boult is likely to play a crucial role in Sunday’s decider. “Boult is outstanding in the series, especially in tough conditions at Mumbai and Pune. How he was able to bowl is a good example,” New Zealand’s bowling coach Shane Jurgensen said.

Southee said they have plans ready to be executed in Kanpur. “It’s a different ground and it offers different challenges, so if we can adapt to that quickly and see what is working then we’ll go a long way in a good bowling performance. It’s good that it isn’t too hot here,” said Southee.

First Published: Oct 28, 2017 18:03 IST

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