Bhuvneshwar Kumar 'very surprised' to see white ball swing long

Bhuvneshwar Kumar ‘very surprised’ to see white ball swing long

It’s a strange old summer in England where the red Dukes Test ball swings less and softens quickly and the white Kookaburra doesn’t just swing, he swings longer than usual. It is strange that such an integral part of competition is not homogenized, but also strange that so little research on such an integral part of a professional sport is available in the public sphere. Its practitioners are almost resigned to being at the mercy of the batch of bullets they receive.

“Honestly I don’t know that [why the ball is swinging]”, Bhuvneshwar Kumar said after helping India complete a 2-0 win in the T20I series against England. “Because I’ve been here several times and it hasn’t changed in the last rounds I’ve played here.

“So yes, even I was very surprised that the white ball was swinging and swinging for a long time, especially in the T20 format. And there was also more bounce in the wicket. So yes , when the ball swings, you enjoy more. But honestly, I don’t know if I swing it, [if it is] certain conditions or it’s the ball, but yeah, I’m glad it’s swinging.”

Unsurprisingly, Bhuvneshwar is currently a kid in a toy store. The ball swings for him and swings long. As a result, he is 6-1-25-4 after two matches. He admitted he was tempted to show up and go bowling, but that’s not how you get wickets. And there are very few contemporary cricketers who know how to use the swing ball better than Bhuvneshwar.

“If the ball swings, which is my strength, I look to attack,” Bhuvneshwar said. “The batsmen attack from flat wickets, they play their shots there, but it flipped in those two games, and I’ve been on the attack. But it’s important not to get ahead of you- You feel like throwing an inswinger, an outswinger, an inswinger, but it’s important to control that urge. Play consistently and get the batsman ready.

Even in T20 cricket you can apparently do that. In the first T20Ithe non-striker If butler watched him play four consecutive outswingers for Jason Roy. The last of these earned Roy a single. This brought Buttler on strike. The first ball to Buttler was a big inswinger, castling him. In the second, he didn’t need a set-up. Starting off with a slide in place, he threw the perfect outswinger first and up and took the advantage from Roy.

When Buttler and Dawid Malan started walking towards him in an effort to thwart the swing, Bhuvneshwar didn’t hesitate to bring the wicketkeeper up. And he got Buttler for the second time in this series.

Bowling so well was a distant thought when people wondered if it was curtains for Bhuvneshwar when he struggled in the T20 World Cup. Critics were leveled at his commitment, replacements seemed readily available, but when India saw he was back to full fitness they had no hesitation in returning to Bhuvneshwar. But did he ever doubt himself?

“After an injury you know you have to do well when you come back,” Bhuvneshwar said. “There is no other option. I always thought there would be at least a chance to come back. I knew I would give 100% at that point, but there is no guarantee that the results will be good.

“Because when you get hurt, you get frustrated. There’s a certain disappointment. It’s not strictly doubts, but you’re not in a good frame of mind. Fortunately, I had a chance and I did well Of course the way the captain and the coach supported me is good… if they supported me and I’m fine, they must also feel good that the player that they supported is fine.”

In this mood, with the ball swinging, it’s a miracle the captain was able to take the ball off him and throw it for just three overs in each of the games.

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