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Bhuvneshwar Kumar: Any team would have been frustrated if Nos 9,10,11 scored over 100

Bhuvneshwar Kumar played well for India © Getty Images
Bhuvneshwar Kumar played well for India © Getty Images

Jul 11, 2014

India were bowled out for 457 runs at the end of the second day of the first Test played against England at Trent Bridge. Bhuvneshwar  Kumar and Mohammed Shami shared a century partnership for the last wicket to take India to 457 runs.

In the press conference held in the Trent Bridge Squash Courts, Bhuvneshwar admitted that it would not be easy to get wickets on the pitch. “The wicket is slow and we need to be disciplined and have patience to get wickets.”

However, the man who hit an excellent 58 batting at No 9 said that the team was well placed to do well. “The conditions are more Indian than English and we know how to bowl in these sorts of conditions. The wicket is already getting slower and batting will get more difficult.”

In this context, the last wicket partnership was of vital importance. “To put pressure on them we had to at least 400 to 450 on the board and we managed to do that.”

Bhuvaneshwar said that there was no panic when they came together after the loss of four quick wickets. “When Mohammad Shami came we just decided we would bat as long as possible.”

Bhuvaneshwar said that he was not surprised that Shami had got those runs as well. “He has been batting well and has scored runs in domestic cricket [Shami’s highest First-Class score before today was 33]. At first, I was trying to ensure he did not get have to play too many balls. But, then he started to play his shots.”

Bhuvaneshwar defended the unusual field placings of Alastair Cook saying that he had set the field according to the pitch. “The pitch was slow and the ball not coming on to the bat. Edges were not carrying. The fields were set according to the situation.

When asked if the England team would be frustrated with the runs added for the last wicket, Bhuvaneshwar remarked, “Any team would be frustrated if Nos 9, 10 and 11 score over a hundred runs.”

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