Bhuvneshwar Kumar has become a constant name in Indian cricket team. He will be a significant part of India’s bowling squad for the World Cup 2019. Bhuvi was one of those seven members of Men in Blue who were part of India’s last World Cup venture as well. The concluding session of IPL has also witnessed some of his magnificent spells that will make him a dark horse for India. In a recent interview with Times of India Bhuvneshwar opened up about his journey, injuries, and the mega event ahead.
On Journey & Teammates
Kumar mentioned how he has evolved since the last World Cup and believes that he has imporved “in terms of pace and variations like the slower ball and knuckle ball. To add to that, I have improved fitness-wise.” While talking about injuries, he mentioned, “When you are injured and are undergoing rehabilitation, it is important to stay positive and not allow negative thoughts to creep in.” He added how those times are important in sense of working harder and getting oneself motivated.
When he was asked about his equation with Shami and Bumrah, he explained how they back each other in any type of condition with the motto being doing well for the team. Each knows about his strength and accordingly tries to contribute. He thinks that Indian bowling attack has become stronger with time although refuses to comment how it is referred as India’s best pace attack ever. “I don’t want to comment on whether we are the best or not because our performance on the field is what will define our attack. Our performances over the last few years speak for us. The Indian bowling attack has grown from strength to strength. Today, we can say that our pace attack can make an impact on any surface.”
IPL & World Cup 2019
Bhuvneshwar Kumar believes IPL worked as a good platform for practice before World Cup starting from May 30. It gave the required boast and confidence to the players. “Once you have wickets and runs under your belt, the confidence levels automatically go up. For me, it was important to be in good rhythm and be among wickets which I was able to do for Sunrisers Hyderabad.”
The 29-year old seemed quite excited about his second World Cup and shared his planning. “I agree that pitches in England in the last few years have been flat, but teams will be wary of India’s bowling unit since we can be potent both at the start and at the death. It will all boil down to how we execute the plans on the given day.” He added, “I have always enjoyed bowling in England because there is some swing around, which is my strength. Unlike in India, pitches in England don’t usually get slower as the game progresses. So depending on whether the ball is moving or not, I make my plans.”
-Written by Shreyasi Dravid
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