Bhuvaneshwar Kumar from being the most successful bowler for India in the past has lost his mid-as touch recently. Having been selected in the World cup squad Bhuvaneshwar Kumar played just a single game and couldn’t find a place in the rest of the games. Since then the 25-year old didn’t feature in most of the matches for India.
India kick-off their home season with a T20 and ODI series against the South Africans; and Bhuvneshwar should be in the eleven for the season opener at Dharamsala.
The holy city of Himachal Pradesh will host the first T20 international of the three-match series; and with the squad including Bhvuneshwar, Mohit Sharma, S Aravind, and allrounder Stuart Binny as the four medium pacers, Bhuvneshwar – most experienced of the lot – should be the first to bag a spot in the playing XI.
However, coming back after a long layoff isn’t easy, but Bhunveshwar says the ongoing camp in Bengaluru is helping him get back into the “game mode”.
“It was a long break for the team. The preparations are different when you are coming after a layoff because it takes time to get back into the game mode. Everyone here is working on the specifics of their game and it is helping us a lot,” the medium pacer told BCCI’s official website.
Bhuvneshwar watched India create history on the Lankan soil with a Test series win after 22 years, but he says all that while his mind was working on plans once he makes a return to the eleven.
“It is up to the team management to decide who plays and who doesn’t. During the Sri Lanka series, while I sat out, I was planning ahead for the home season, asking myself in what way I can improve to help the team in the coming matches,” he said.
The swing bowler was pretty honest in admitting that bowling with the old ball, especially during the death, was something he wasn’t able to master, but the Indian Premier League (IPL) has helped him improve that aspect of this game.
“Death bowling was an aspect I wasn’t very good at when I started playing international cricket. And I was very keen on getting better at succeeding with the old ball in limited-overs cricket,” he told BCCI.tv. “I always worked hard at it but as you play, you grow and learn about your own game. That’s when you figure out how you can develop certain aspects of your game in lesser time.
“In this regards, IPL helped me a lot. In IPL as a specialist bowler, you have to bowl in the death overs; there is no way out. That experience helped me gradually improve as a death bowler,” he said.
He said bowling in the IPL helped his confidence grow, which he felt during the ODI tour of Zimbabwe.
“My confidence really got boosted when I bowled well in the death during the Zimbabwe series. I got that belief that I can do it at the international level as well. That will bode well for the team and me in the South Africa series,” said the 25-year-old, who has played 12 Tests, 50 ODIs and 11 T20Is.