Eden Garden, Kolkata: On Saturday, instant Indian death over specialist, Bhuvneshwar Kumar credited Indian Premier League (IPL) for big transformation as a death bowler for Indian’s International Team.
“The way I’m bowling at the death, it’s all thanks to the IPL. A lot of bowling in the death in the IPL has added to my experience and given me the mindset. Keeping that in mind, I thought whatever I’ve done there I will do it here. It has paid for me,” Bhumi said.
In the IPL, Bhuvneshwar rise as the leading wicket-taker for Sunrise in the 2016’s IPL match.
“As soon as I was picked I was already playing for the country. They were heavily dependent on me to bowl in the death,” the Purple Cap holder of IPL 2016 said.
For Bhumi’s last spell in the 2nd ODI match, Bhumi said: “I knew I had five overs left. I knew it could swing either way. I had experience how to bowl thanks to IPL. There was pressure; dew was there. But the moment I bowled the first over (42nd), I got my confidence back.”
Also said about his 42nd over: “You need an over to get your confidence going. It was an over that boosted my confidence.”
Bhumi also admit that practicing with red bowl helps him to expertise well to become death over specialist
Bhumi also a great Yorker bowler like Bumrah, he can also bowl at the block hole.
“It’s most difficult to bowl with the wet ball. Before that match, we were practicing with the red ball.”
Also, mention he will play in the 3rd ODI in IND vs. Eng without any pressure.
“Pressure is over. No pressure now, having won series but you want to win in each and every match. You will enjoy this more than the last two games, knowing that we have won the series,” Bhumi said.
“We now know that 350 is a normal… a par score in ODI cricket. That’s how we plan our practice. You know you’ve to bowl fast,” he added.
“It’s difficult as we’re coming from an era where 250-plus was a par score. But it’s not safe anymore. It’s not easy to bowl as a bowler particularly in the death overs.”
For his ODI comes back, Bhumi said: “It’s tough when you’re playing after a long time. There is nervousness, but it’s not because of lack of preparation. Preparation goes on even when you’re out of the team as you can do it anywhere. I was putting my best at the nets, as best as I can.”