India’s limited overs fast bowling spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar has credited bowling coach Bharat Arun with helping him add pace to his bowling while retaining his swing.
Bhuvneshwar has formed a potent new ball combination in the limited-overs cricket for India with Jasprit Bumrah.
The extra yard or two of pace he has gained has taken his game to the next level and kept Test bowlers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami sidelined in white ball cricket.
For a while Bhuvi feared that he would lose the ability to swing the ball when bowling faster but Arun has worked closely with him to take his game up a notch.
Speaking ahead of the series decider against New Zealand in Kanpur on Sunday Bhuvneshwar said: “He is somebody who manages bowlers really well.
“At this level you don’t want to get too much into the technique.
“He sometimes pinpoints certain things which can really improve your bowling. For example, I increased my pace but I lost my swing. I did not know how to go about it.
“So he shared some fine points that helped me get my swing back. His role in the team is invaluable.”
A critical half century in the series against Sri Lanka emphasized that Bhuvneshwar had not just been working on his bowling but his batting as well.
He said: “As a player I feel I have grown in the past couple of years. I have improved my pace without losing on the swing. That is something I am really happy about. In batting also I have improved a bit.”
He and his teammates are apparently relishing being challenged for the first time in a while and are eager to clinch the decider in Kanpur to prove they can cope with being put under pressure.
He added: “We have not been challenged like this in a while and it is a short series. So there was pressure in the last game that we could lose the series (having lost the first match).
“But the way we came back shows the character of the team. Tomorrow’s match is also about handling pressure. We will try to play like we played the last game.
“It is a short series but mental approach is the same as any other series. But as I said, we have not been challenged in a while at home, so everyone is looking forward to the challenge.”