Indian spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who makes a lethal combination with Jasprit Bumrah in death overs, has revealed the success mantra of the Ahmadabad-born pacer.
“Bumrah has a different action, which creates problems for the batsmen. He has improved a lot of things with his action. He had these yorkers and slower ones earlier as well, but he has improved a lot now,” Bhuvneshwar told PTI on the eve of third and final T20I match.
The Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram will host the series-decider T20I on Tuesday. Earlier, India won the first T20I by 53 runs and New Zealand made a comeback after winning the second T20I by 40 runs.
Bhuvneshwar believes he gains more confidence when he bowls with Bumrah at the death. “When you bowl with Bumrah, you have confidence that if you need to save runs later (at the death), if you bowl well, he will also do it with me.”
The 27-year-old Meerut-born bowler shed light on how the two pacers communicate a lot and discuss strategies.
“Another good thing is that when the match begins, we talk to each other about the track, what strategy we can make. It’s of great help for both the bowlers,” he added.
Bhuvneshwar didn’t seem disappointed with the loss in the second T20I and said India’s core strength lies in their bowlers. “You cannot blame bowlers for the loss. The other team is there to play as well. We have played good cricket against Australia and even when we toured the West Indies. The three-match series are very small and if you lose the first game and then tie it 1-1, you have to play a decider.”
“As far as a fifth bowler is concerned, we have Hardik Pandya and others bowl part-time. We haven’t missed an extra specialist bowler so far. If your main bowlers do not take a wicket or go for runs, then you miss a bowler. But we think a lot about team combination,” Bhuvneshwar added.
(With inputs from agencies)