Basseterre (St Kitts). India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has attributed his success to hard work rather than making any changes in his bowling action. The bowler was in excellent form during the five-match T20I series at home against South Africa, showing his ability to trouble the batsmen with his swing, while in the three-match T20I series against England, he again showed that he was able to play on turning pitches. But how effective are they?
A lot will depend on the 32-year-old’s bowling as India aim to win the five-match T20 International series against West Indies after taking a 1-0 lead. The second match of the series will be played in Basseterre on Monday.
When Bhuvi was asked if he has made any changes in his bowling action in the last few months, he replied, “No, I have only worked hard.”
“To be honest, I haven’t changed my bowling (action). I just tried to bowl more, which got my body in rhythm. This gave me back my confidence. Fitness is something in which you improve, it helps you.
He made no impact last year and in the three-match ODI series in South Africa, which India lost 3–0.
Bhuvi said in a video posted by the BCCI, “Of course when you are with the team, you practice, but I also worked hard on my bowling at home and tried to keep myself in tune.”
The bowler also said that he saw tremendous potential in fast bowler Arshdeep Singh. It is good for a young bowler to think so. Arshdeep played a key role in taking two wickets for 24 runs in the first T20 match against West Indies in Trinidad on 29 July.
Bhuvi felt Arshdeep having spent four years with the IPL team Punjab Kings has given the tall pacer the maturity and confidence to play for Team India.
“He has been consistently performing well at the top level for the last two-three years. So, he knows what he wants to achieve in the game or in that time, which is a big deal. Their biggest thing is careful planning.
Bhuvi also said that the nature of white-ball cricket has changed a lot since he made his debut.
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