Pune ODI: Getting early wickets gave me confidence, says Bhuvneshwar Kumar

first_imgIndia levelled the three-match series against New Zealand in Pune after beating the Black Caps by six wickets on Wednesday.And it was set up by the bowlers right from the word go. After all the controversies regarding the Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar, who was unmasked by India Today for tampering with the pitch, the Indian bowlers led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar put their hands up to restrict New Zealand for a paltry total of 230/9 from their 50 overs.Bhuvi removed Martin Guptill early on in the innings and followed it up with Colin Munro’s wicket three overs later to peg the Kiwis back, from which they couldn’t recover on what was said to be a 330-340 wicket none other than the now-suspended Pune curator. (Just to fire BCCI for what Pune pitch curator has done is not correct: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)Bhuvi returned with figures of 3/45 from his 10 overs and was adjudged the man-of-the-match for the brilliant start he gave to India after a controversial few hours before the start of the game. Talking about his performance, the Uttar Pradesh seamer said that staying calm and focused is the main thing. (Committee of Administrators reacts to India Today’s Operation CricketGate: ‘Zero tolerance to corruption’)”That’s my nature, I’m calm, and however you practice you replicate that. I never try to do anything different. It’s the way I bowl, with the new ball, I swing it. It wasn’t happening today, so I just tried to bowl in good areas, got two wickets and that gave me confidence,” he said. (BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary ‘shocked’ after India Today expose on Pune pitch curator)advertisementThe 27-year-old also thanked the team management for keeping their faith on him and motivating him. (MCA president Abhay Apte promises strict action after India Today expose on Pune pitch curator)”Things get easier for you when you’re confident. There’s no easy route to success, but with confidence, you can do those good things better,” said Bhuvneshwar. (Who is Pune curator Pandurang Salgaonkar? No stranger to accusations of pitch doctoring)”Thanks to management, they keep motivating me,” he added. (India Today’s Operation CricketGate: Ball in ICC’s court after Pune pitch controversy)He signed off by saying that over the last couple of years, he has evolved as a bowler and feels stronger when it comes to fitness.”I’m not muscular, but thanks to the trainer, introducing player-specific training, I feel much confident and stronger when it comes to fitness,” Bhuvneshwar signed off.last_img

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