Bhuvneshwar Kumar, one of the premier fat-bowlers in India, is always accurate with his line and length while being a potent swing bowler. The right-handed medium pacer was a regular in all formats of the game for India but injury troubles have restricted his contribution in the past few years. Bhuvneshwar Kumar hasn’t played consistently since the 2019 Cricket World Cup due to back troubles.
The 31-year-old pacer then suffered a thigh muscle injury during last year’s IPL which ruled him out of the league as well as the tour of Australia.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar Played Domestic Cricket Before The England Series Which Kept Him Motivated
The pace bowler made a return to the national squad after a long injury lay-off in the limited-overs home series against England in March. He said playing domestic cricket helped him stay motivated.
“When I was almost recovered, domestic cricket was going on as well. So my focus was to get fit and make a comeback and then I started the preparation for the match,” he said.
“Before the England series, I played domestic cricket, so that it helps me get the required match practice. One shouldn’t take things lightly while playing domestic cricket and that kept me motivated to play for India and to stay fit,” he added.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has grappled with recurring injuries in the last three years. He hasn’t played Test cricket since 2018 and was recently overlooked from the 20-men squad for the upcoming Test summer in England. The Syed Mushtaq Ali and the Vijay Hazare tournaments saw the 31-year-old find a place for himself in the ODIs and T20s against England, where he impressed picking 4 T20I scalps and 6 ODI scalps against England at home.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: The Entire Lot Of Uncapped Players Has The Requisite Confidence Due To IPL
Six uncapped players in the squad might make it seem that India has come with an inexperienced group for the white-ball series against Sri Lanka but tour vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar says it is not the case as the entire lot has the requisite confidence due to performing well especially in IPL and domestic circuit.
With Test regulars like skipper Virat Kohli and his limited-overs deputy Rohit Sharma in England for an upcoming 5 match Test series against England, the Indian team for series against Sri Lanka is being led by opener Shikhar Dhawan and features half a dozen uncapped players.
Many of them impressed in the suspended Indian Premier League 2021 and have been rewarded with their maiden India call-up. They include opener Devdutt Padikkal, pacer Chetan Sakaria, middle-order batsman Nitish Rana, all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham, opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, and spinner Varun Chakravarthy.
“We have good players and they have experience of IPL, they are young but they have experience of IPL, playing T20 for so many years and they have done well for their teams,” Bhuvneshwar said on the Star Sport show ‘Follow the Blues.’
“So, it will be beneficial for the team that they will carry the confidence of IPL and they are young and talented, there is a good mix with the experienced players and this will be a good tour.Young players who have come for their first tour and came after doing well in IPL so if they do well here then it will be great for their confidence,” he added.
The India-Sri Lanka series, which was originally slated, to begin with, the three ODIs from July 13 onwards, had to be rescheduled after the home team’s batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst G T Niroshan tested positive for the dreaded virus on their return from the UK tour. The tour which comprises three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals will now start from July 18.