India guard Bhuvneshwar Kumar, one of the architects of India’s famous win over Pakistan in the Asian Cup, believes that having a solid game plan against each of the opposing players is as important as perform “your skills on the court”.
Bhuvneshwar played a vital role in India’s five-wicket win over Pakistan in their Asian Cup opener. He returned with a four-wicket haul that included Babar Azam’s prized scalp. The 32-year-old surprised the Pakistani skipper with a bouncer in his second over as he tried to shoot only to the top edge of short-legged Arshdeep Singh.
“A player has to be proactive, whether it’s batting or bowling, because T20 is such a fast format, to take things on board,” Bhuvneshwar said at the post-match press conference.
”Wicket wasn’t supporting the swing and the rebound was more important so we plan and we know how strong the hitter is and when we throw a few more balls we have a better idea. “I believe thinking about the game is as important a factor as skill,” he added. The Indian team continued to shake the Pakistani batters with the short balls, eventually grouping them together for 147.
Bhuvneshwar felt Babar’s wicket disrupted Pakistan’s plan as the team relied on him to anchor the innings.
”Once Babar was fired, we didn’t think half of the Pakistan squad had been fired. He’s a good player, but technically there were nine other batters left. ”As a team, we don’t believe that if the top hitter is out, then half the team is fired. “But yeah, once he came out, we knew their plans would be disrupted because the hitter who was playing the anchor role was gone,” Bhuvneshwar said.
After battling injury, Bhuvneshwar found his groove. Talking about his bowling, he said he didn’t change anything.
”It’s the same practice. Everyone has a bad game from time to time and that’s it, but I haven’t changed anything. Sometimes you need luck to follow your path.” Bhuvneshwar was delighted with Sunday’s bowling performance.
”I’m very happy with the performance, not just the wickets. Yes, when you get wickets you feel happy to contribute, but sometimes bowling economically is also a contribution to the team’s cause. ”The way the others also played, I think it was a complete team performance.” Hardik Pandya dazzled with the ball before sending India over the line with a six. Bhuvneshwar thinks it bodes well for the team that the all-rounder is in such good shape.
”Certainly (he’ll be a key player in the World Cup), the way he’s been batting and bowling over the last series, he’s in good shape and if he continues like that, it will be good for us. in the World Cup.” India suffered an embarrassing 10-wicket loss to Pakistan in the T20 World Cup at the same venue last year.
”We forgot the game against Pakistan which we lost last year. Honestly as a cricketer we don’t think about the outcome, I know people can have their expectations. ”We also lose against other teams, but we don’t talk about that game compared to the loss against Pakistan. We leave everything behind and keep moving forward.
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