India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar reveals his priority.
The pace spearhead has returned to the team with a bang after his long injury layoff. Ever since he has returned, he has made wonders as well. However, he has said that he has the Test series against England in mind as this is his priority.
Notably, India will play the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand in June. And, the pacer also said that he will monitor his workload management in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well. He ended the three-match ODI series against England with six wickets as well.
When Bhuvneshwar Kumar was asked if he is thinking about returning in Tests, he said: “Of course, red-ball cricket is in my radar. I will prepare keeping red ball in mind. Although what kind of team will be selected for Test matches is entirely different scenario.”
“My workload management and training during IPL will be keeping red ball in mind because I know there’s a lot of Tests ahead and my priority still is Test cricket. So from my end, I will do everything to get ready for the Test series,” he added.
“I have stopped making long term plans” – Bhuvneshwar Kumar
However, Bhuvneshwar has said that he has stopped making plans for the future as they can backfire anytime due to several reasons as well.
“I have stopped making long term plans as in the past when I have done that, things haven’t gone in my favour. Be it because of injury or form. But yes, workload management is something I will be seriously monitoring along with team management. So yes, since I was unfit for a long time, I had to ensure that I put a lot of emphasis on being fit. We have a lot of cricket ahead along with England tour, so I will try and keep myself fit,” Bhuvneshwar Kumar said.
The 31-year-old pacer also opened up on his bowling in the recently-concluded series and how he could improve as well.
“What I wanted to do in these matches, I got that, but there is always something to improve on, like it could be variations, fitness. So being a team what we wanted to do, what we wanted to achieve, we got it, it could be stopping teams from scoring in death or getting crucial wickets, so yes. If you ask me individually, there is always something (to improve on), it could be variations, it could be knuckle-ball that I also want to improve on,” Bhuvneshwar Kumar concluded.