Ashish Nehra’s advice has helped – Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Krishna Chopra / 29 May 2016
Ashish Nehra's advice has helped - Bhuvneshwar Kumar

IPL 2016 has been like a dream for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The seamer has been in terrific form off late and is currently leading the wickets tally. Kumar has played a massive role in Sunrisers’ success, as he has struck right at the top with the new ball, and has also been exceptional at the death. Kumar has been on the money while executing his yorkers in the death overs.

In the pre match conference ahead of the all important final against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kumar stated that working with veteran India pacer Ashish Nehra has helped him a lot. Kumar explained how Nehra’s tips did wonders to his bowling and now he looks forward to the final at Bangalore.

“When you are bowling together there are little things, like how you set the field, what is the strength of which batsman and so how do you bluff him – little things like that which he talked about which has helped,” Kumar told “And that is probably what I tried to help Barinder Sran with. I know that I can’t do what Nehra did with his experience. But I was trying to do and play the role that he did,” said Kumar.

Praising pacer Barinder Sran for stepping up at the right time, Kumar added, “When I came to know that Ashish Nehra is injured, there was a bit of extra load that fell on my shoulders. However, if you see the way Sran responded to the situation was very good. He didn’t let the pressure show on him after Nehra’s injury.”

Kumar also opened up about his fantastic show during the death overs and said, “When you are bowling the death overs, you are bound to concede more runs.” “My economy has been around eight runs per over, but I didn’t really have much of a problem with that as you bowl a couple of overs upfront and then a couple of overs later. So that is bound to happen. But the good part is that if you take wickets it gets managed. I have been working on that. I know that if I want to be consistent I have to continuously practice what I have been doing.”