Indian pacer Bhuvneshar Kumar has attributed veteran pacer Ashish Nehra for mentoring him and sharing tips. After being in and out of the national side, he has finally found his rhythm in the IPL, claiming 10 wickets from seven matches. Kumar praised Nehra for guiding him the right way.
“Getting to learn a lot from Nehra. I have played alongside him in the India jersey for one or two months. Now am getting to learn a lot from him in IPL; he is a bowler who keeps sharing his experience with others and that helps a lot. If I do something wrong, he comes up and guides me in the right way and the tip he shares is very helpful. I have enjoyed playing alongside him,” Bhuvneshwar told .
The 26-year-old also named veteran seamer Praveen Kumar as someone who he looked up to as he grew up, but stressed that Pakistan bowling legend Wasim Akram is someone whom he would like to work with in the near future.
“Praveen Kumar has been my idol, one whom I have looked up to. We have quite a similar bowling style. I have watched him a lot both in international cricket and in Ranji Trophy as well. Wasim Akram is one of my favourite bowlers when it comes to bowlers outside India. I would want to work him someday soon,” he said.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have iconic former cricketers Muttiah Muralitharan and V.V.S Laxman as bowling coach and mentor, respectively. Speaking in the presence of legendary duo in the SRH dressing room, he said, “When it comes to Laxman, at the start of IPL, the first two matches I did not bowl well, I went for plenty. He came to me and gave me confidence and told me not to worry and give my best. He boosted me up and has given me a lot of confidence on how to perform well in the next matches. He has had a great role in the Hyderabad side.”