Living a dream

Bhuvneshwar keen to continue good form

It has been five months since the cricket-loving people of India got introduced to a lanky swing bowler from Meerut called Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Since December, when he made his T20 and ODI debut against Pakistan, ‘ Bhuvi’ as he is known to his teammates, has grown in leaps and bounds, but still likes to remain grounded.

“Being a cricketer, it has been really good for me.

It is everyone’s dream to do well for India, and playing Test cricket was the ultimate dream, which also got fulfilled. A lot has changed for me as a cricketer, going from domestic to international cricket, but I’m still living the dream,” Bhuvneshwar told M AIL TODAY . The Pune Warriors bowler has benefited majorly from the guidance of their head coach Allan Donald over the last couple of seasons, but says coaching has a limited scope in the growth of a player.

“He shares his experience with me, and it helps a lot to talk to him in the nets. Now the team expects good things from me, and I also expect myself to do well for the team,” the 23-year-old bowler said.

“But no one can teach you how to bowl – they [ Donald or India bowling coach Joe Dawes] just share their experiences. They talk about the strengths and weaknesses of batsmen, and develop plans. But at the end of the day, they just give their opinions,” he said when asked to compare the two coaches.

Bhuvneshwar and Praveen Kumar both hail from the same coaching centre in Meerut, and are similar bowlers as well, and the youngster said he still idolises his senior.

“He’s my idol. I’ve been watching him since I was playing under-15s, and he was at the under- 19 level.

We talk about everything – from action to planning etc - and he helps me a lot. I know his public perception may be different, but the public can’t know us so well personally. Knowing him, I know he has a very clean heart and is very helpful,” he said.

Bhuvneshwar was the only Pune Warriors bowler to be spared when Chris Gayle was going hammer and tongs in their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier this week, conceding just eight in his first three overs.

Asked what could’ve been the reason for that, he said: “I didn’t do anything different, just stuck to my basics, which is to bowl within the stumps and try to swing the ball.

No one in the world can hit you if you get that right. He was probably a little defensive because the ball was swinging.” Asked if he had an eye on the Champions Trophy in England after the IPL, Bhuvneshwar said: “ I’m not really thinking about England and, if I do make the squad, whether it will suit me or not. There’s no pressure on me as such just because the ball swings there. I did well in the Tests [ against Australia] and the IPL so far has been personally satisfying, even though from the team perspective it hasn’t been good for us. I just want to win matches for my team.”

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

As two of the most glamorous sides in the Indian T20 league, the focus of the match between Mumbai and Bangalore will invariably be on the middle-order… More »

BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srinivasan, says Manohar

BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srinivasan, says Manohar

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Pietersen ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Pietersen ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Beleaguered Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Beleaguered Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »

Stressed Trott stands down again

Stressed Trott stands down again

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate eff… More »

PCB starts another coach hunt

PCB starts another coach hunt

The PCB has decided to not extend the contracts of head coach Moin Khan, fielding coach Shoaib Mohammad and batting consultant Zaheer Abbas, and has invited… More »

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistani cricket authorities have launched an investigation after a number of current international stars played in exhibition matches in the United States… More »

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

England all-rounder Ben Stokes admits he must keep his anger under control if he is to end his international exile. More »

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Yuvraj Singh was back to his best in his first match for Royal Challengers Bangalore. More »

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

The BCCI will hold an emergent working committee meeting on April 20 to discuss the future course of action with regard to the Supreme Court hearing concerning… More »

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

"Integrity is non-negotiable..." says the BCCI's interim chief ahead of Season 7 of the tainted league. More »

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Chennai have an emphatic 8-3 lead in the head-to-head with Punjab, with one game tied More »

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

An all-round display saw Knight Riders thump Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the IPL-7 opener. More »

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

The 38-year-old South African veteran turned it on for Kolkata Knight RIders in the opening match of IPL-7. More »

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

A quality that defines Rajasthan and Hyderabad is consistency. Rajasthan was one among two teams to enjoy complete dominance at home last season. Hyderabad… More »

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

The court emphasised that the tainted administrator can no longer work for the BCCI. More »

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

New-look RCB will play their first game of IPL-7 on Thursday. More »

IPL: News Line

IPL: News Line

A round-up of all the news from this season of the IPL. More »

Shane Watson issues moral warning

Shane Watson issues moral warning

'Everyone knows what is right and what is wrong and if you do the wrong thing it will be found out' More »

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Welcome to another season of a league that many watch but few trust. More »

Johnson may quit T20s for Tests

Johnson may quit T20s for Tests

Australia's Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his test career with an eye on the 2015 Ashes series in England, the fast bowler… More »

Nepal players call off boycott

Nepal players call off boycott

Thaw in relations after formation of an advisory committee that would work in tandem with the Cricket Association of Nepal. More »