Having played 51 Test matches and 65 ODIs, one would expect Ishant Sharma to lead a young crop of Indian pacers with flair. But his struggle to find a consistent line and length has meant that Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been given the new ball and the young gun has come out with flying colours.
While his coach in the Uttar Pradesh team, Venkatesh Prasad, feels that it is too early to call Bhuvneshwar the answer to India’s pace worries, he is pretty impressed with his accuracy.
“He is extremely talented and I wish that he goes a long way, but it is too early to call him India’s numero uno pacer. He is new to the international circuit and not every team has seen him or analysed his bowling. In fact, I feel that Ishant’s inability to lead the pack has given more responsibility to Bhuvneshwar. Ishant doesn’t seem to give enough confidence to the team management and has struggled to find his rhythm,” the former India bowler told Mail Today.
“Having played more than 50 Test matches, he should be India’s number one bowler. But Bhuvneshwar has been very consistent and his accuracy is the key to his success. If he concentrates on his strengths and doesn’t try too many things, he will definitely remain a handful for opposition batsmen.” Prasad feels that Bhuvneshwar’s real test will come when he has off days.
“We need to see how he copes with the pressure of being hit all and when the going is against him. That is when his mental strength will be tested.”
Bhuvneshwar a bowler for all seasonsBy Baidurjo Bose | Mail Today – Sun 14 Jul, 2013 9:01 AM IST
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