Rejuvenated Bhuvneswar ready to conquer the Caribbeans
Heading to the challenging West Indies tour under the guidance of new coach Anil Kumble, Bhuvneshwar Kumar seems to have found his groove at the right time.
Having been scrutinized over the past one year and almost losing his artwork swing for a short period of time, the Meerut bowler has bounced back into the game like a champion, his amazing performance in the recently concluded Indian Premier League impressed everyone.
Having finished the tournament as the top wicket-taker, the 26-year-old bowler heads into the series with his confidence way high.
“My confidence level is very high after how I performed in this IPL. It’s not just about the wickets I have taken, but also about how I bowled. I managed to execute whatever I wanted to,” said Bhuvneshwar.
“Yes, T20s and Tests are different formats but I can take the confidence to the Test matches. The way I am preparing in the camp, the way I am bowling, I am feeling very confident about myself doing well in Tests.”
With as many as five bowlers vying for selection in the final eleven, the lanky bowler is well aware of the tough competition to claim a spot in the playing XI, saying, “Competition for slots is a healthy atmosphere for the team. If you look at our bowling, there are variations – there are bowlers who can swing the ball, there are bowlers who can bowl at 150 kph, there are bowlers who are and extract help from the wicket.”
“It’s a healthy competition. But we are all aware that depending upon the wicket the captain and coach will decide the team combination.
“If you look at this camp, everyone is helping the other. The preparation is in such fashion that we all believe that each one has a chance to play. But irrespective of who gets to play, the team atmosphere will remain the same — a positive one which we have been witnessing from the last few years.”
While speaking on the immediate effect Anil Kumble has brought on the team, a smiling Bhuvi added, “He has been a positive influence on the team since his first meeting with us to the day. He has been constantly motivating us. We were all excited with someone of his stature joining us; he has played so much for India, achieved so much and whatever he has said so far, he has had a positive impact on all of us.
“He understands how to motivate players at this level; if someone is going through a bad patch, he knows how to keep his spirits up.”
Bhuvneshwar Kumar would be keen to forget 2015 as quickly as possible. He played just one Test match, at the start of the year, from the two innings his figures of 1 for 168 from 42 overs at the SCG looked pathetic, and while he did feature in a handful of One-Day Internationals, he wasn’t always at the top of his performance, one of his lowest points remained to concede more than 100 runs in his ten-over quota.
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