India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar said about white ball refuses to make a swing for seamers in English conditions and he changed his strategy after failing to understand why this happen during the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy.
Bhuvneshwar has bowled 22.3 overs in three games taking four wickets for 100 runs at a rate of 4.44. After reaching the semi-finals against South Africa, Bhuvneshwar said “It’s very difficult to point out why the ball is not swinging in England. The wickets are not generally this hard in England during this time of the year.”
“During the Champions Trophy in 2013 and the next year during Test series, wickets were soft. Not very soft that batsmen would encounter problems but soft enough for some deviation.”
Talking about failed to pinpoint whether it is the quality of white kookaburra to be blamed, Bhuvneshwar said: “I don’t know whether that’s the reason or something to do with the quality of the balls, but as everyone is watching that it’s difficult for the bowlers to get swing.”
Bhuvneshwar has success match against South Africa pair of Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla during their 76 run opening stand. “When the ball doesn’t swing then you have to alter the length. You have to bowl a bit back of the length.”
“Normally, we bowl fuller length to get wickets but here we are holding the length back. The par score is 300 and the main aim is to take wickets and if, then build up adequate pressure so that we can get wickets later to restrict them to a small total.”
Bhuvneshwar added, “In these circumstances, the idea is not to bowl at their strengths. Look, they will still find ways to score but idea was to keep it at bare minimum. I feel the pressure that we created in the first 15 overs helped us get wickets, later on, not to forget the three brilliant run-outs.”
Talking about key point that worked during the match against South Africa, Bhuvneshwar said “When (Quinton) De Kock and (Hashim) Amla were batting, we knew that their strategy was to not lose too many wickets till the 30th over, before going for the kill. But our plan was to ensure that we build pressure with dot balls.”
“The 40 runs that we saved during the second Powerplay helped. If you are only 130 at the end of 30th over, you are mentally under pressure,” said Bhuvneshwar.