Indian international cricketer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one of the key medium pace bowlers in the Indian attack but in the second One-day International series against Sri Lanka, he displays his batting skills with a good partnership with former captain MS Dhoni. Bhuvi also scores a half-century and script a crucial 100-run.
The Uttar Pradesh domestic cricketer said that former captain MS Dhoni advised him to build his knock like he does in Test matches. He scored 53-run unbeaten and led India to a three wicket win over the hosts.
After the match success, The Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman said at the post match press conference, “When I went in to bat, MS told me to play my natural game like I play in Test cricket and don’t take any pressure as we had a lot of overs at that time. We knew if we played them out we would chase easily.”
He added, “I knew there is nothing to lose in this situation as we were already seven down. I was just thinking that I can play and that I have to support MS as much as I can. And that’s what I tried to do.”
The partnership between Dhoni surprised by him, “It was a little surprising because we had a very good opening partnership. Then 3-4 wickets fell quickly so it was a bit of a panic situation for us. There was no message as such from the dressing room or MS Dhoni.”
Bhuvi added, “The only thing was they wanted me to play as long as possible. I also wanted to do the same thing because that was the only chance to win if I could play all those 47 overs. That was my plan.”
When asked how he countered Dananjaya, Bhuvi said “I had a plan against him. He is an off-spinner but he was also bowling leg spinners and googlies so it was a surprise for us. I just wanted to play him for the wrong one or the googlies, which he was bringing in to me. And whatever was going away from me I wasn’t really worried about that.”
Bhuvi explained “Whatever wickets he took that was on the googly, the incoming delivery, so my plan was to counter his incoming deliveries. Initially it was a bit difficult to read him from the hand but later on, when I played him for 10-15 balls I could read his variations.”
Talking about his maiden half-century in ODIs, who bat at No.9, Bhuvi said “I never thought in my dreams that I would score fifty in one-dayers. Not fifty but match winning knock because one-day is a kind of format which doesn’t suit my batting as I am not the kind of batsman who can hit big sixes.”
“But that kind of situation was perfect for me because it was totally a Test match situation. Thanks to Sanjay Bangar, he was working really hard on me during the test series. Whenever I go into the nets Bangar helps me to counter those things, like I have to go through the last session of a Test. So it was same kind of situation and that was a bit familiar for me.”