India’s latest pace sensation Bhuvneshwar Kumar may have earned a lot of praise for his ability to swing the ball at will. But not everybody is happy with his lack of pace. The Meerut lad, though, has made it clear that he won’t sacrifice swing for pace.
The 22-year-old believes swing is his strength. “I am a bowler who relies on swing. I am not someone who can bowl 145 or 150 kph. I can bowl 135 and up which is fine for a swing bowler. I won’t go for pace if I am bowling well at my current speed. However, I am working on my ‘death bowling’ by bringing in some variations,” Kumar told DNA on Monday.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision to give Kumar 10 overs on the trot may have surprised many, but the man in question is just fine. “It is nothing new for me. I have done it for my state team (Uttar Pradesh) too. When Mohammad Kaif was the captain, he would give me seven to eight overs with the new ball. I used to swing it well then too. It isn’t tough as I enjoy bowling with the new ball as it moves very well,” he added.
Apart from giving India great starts by scalping top-order batsmen, Kumar has been an economical bowler. “I like to put pressure on the batsmen by not giving away too many runs. By bowling an uppish length, they don’t get to play freely and end up giving away their wickets,” he said.
When asked if he was ready to don the white flannels, Kumar came up with a purposeful answer. “I am prepared to play all the three formats, more so Tests because that’s ultimate cricket. Obviously, I want to make it to the Test team,” he said.
Talk about in-swing and he gets all excited. “That is my strength. It comes naturally to me. Bowlers have stock balls and mine is the in-swinger. I like when I get wickets with in-swingers,” said Kumar.
Kumar is happy with the way things are going. “Obviously I am happy with the way I bowled against England and Pakistan. I never expected it that way, although I was a bit nervous initially. There was pressure, but I always wanted to do well,” he added.