XtraTime Web Desk: After losing the first ODI at SCG against Australia by 34 runs India need o win the second ODI at Adeliade as it’s a do or die match for them because if they loses Australia would take an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three-match ODI series. India’s star pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar knows it pretty well. Though he looked pretty confident and said the team has been in this situation before and they know they can comeback from here.
“We’ve been in this situation before in India, so we know its not impossible to win the series,” he said. “We’re preparing in a manner to win the next two matches. Its a kind of knock-out for us. We can’t afford to lose this match. We’re not thinking anything different from how we’ve been thinking for the last couple of years. We just want to win the match and everyone is positive for that.”
Bhuvi blamed his niggles for doing slow bowling in England where he bowled in low 120 kms but here again he has started bowling much quicker at around 130 to 135 kms.
“I was going through niggles at that time (in England) and when you have a niggle you can’t be a 100 per cent, so that was during that period. Since then and now, I have trained a lot, especially during the one month of the Test series. I trained a lot. That is the reason I am back to 130-135, whatever the thing is. The main thing is I’m niggle-free right now. That’s the main thing for me,” added Bhuvneshwar.
In Team India’s latest training session, the 28-year old Bhuvi was seen practicing some ‘Yorkers’ keeping a pair of shoes . He feels Yorkers are absolutely essential when it comes to limited-overs cricket and they have the ability to bamboozle the best of the batsmen.
“I was trying to bowl yorkers. This (keeping shoes on the pitch) is something that I’ve been doing for some time. So keeping shoes there and bowling yorkers, practicing that thing. I didn’t practice that for almost a month now because in Tests, we hardly needed that. And I didn’t play a match. Going into an ODI or T20I series, you need that thing. So I was practicing that,” added Bhuvneshwar Kumar.