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Bhuvneshwar Kumar hopes to play Test cricket alongside Sachin Tendulkar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar hopes to play Test cricket alongside Sachin Tendulkar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar impressed with his bowling figures in the first T20 against Pakistan © PTI

Bangalore: Dec 27, 2012

Indian seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who made his T20 international debut in the first game against Pakistan, hopes to play Test cricket alongside Sachin Tendulkar.

“Yes, that’s a big disappointment. When I saw his retirement news on the TV, I thought that I’ve lost the chance to play alongside him. But then I thought that I still have a chance to play with him in Tests. I hope that happens,” Bhuvneshwar was quoted as saying by the BCCI’s official portal.

Bhuvneshwar revealed on Wednesday that swing bowling is his main strength, and he looks up to Praveen Kumar as a mentor.

He ran through the Pakistan top order claiming three wickets for nine runs, helping India gain some momentum after they were restricted for a modest total at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore by the arch rivals.

Bhuvneshwar said, “I was told beforehand that I had a good chance. After seeing the wicket, the team management decided that I will play. I was happy but nervous too. They were normal debut nerves and nothing to do with the fact that it was against Pakistan. Once I entered the field, I was pretty normal.”

He added, “Praveen Kumar and I are from the same city. I have been watching him since a long time and I think we’re very similar bowlers. I look up to him as my mentor. Like him, my main weapon is swing bowling and I rely a lot on it especially in helpful conditions like this.”

Bhuvneshwar said it would have been a dream debut for him if India would have won the close encounter.
“It would have been a dream debut if we had won. It was a good debut – scoring six crucial runs at the death, picking up three wickets for nine runs and taking a catch. It would have been perfect had we won in the end,” he said.

The all-rounder said he was hopeful of national team selection after good performances in the domestic circuit.

“I was hopeful. I scored a first-class century and did well in Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy. I was hoping to get in as an all-rounder,” he stated.

Talking about his debut match, the 22-year-old Bhuvneshwar said, “I tried to do what I have been doing at the domestic level and the IPL, and that’s what the seniors suggested me to do.”

“You can say that the time spent with RCB did help me in terms of knowing what kind of Twenty20 wicket this is. Overall, the IPL experience was useful because of what I learnt from the international players about bowling in T20s,” he added.

Bhuvneshwar said Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s talk gave him confidence in him ahead of the crucial tie.

“I have always watched him on TV and thought what a good captain he is. Before this game he told me that although I am playing for India and it’s a big thing, at the end of the day it’s just another match. You have played a lot of cricket matches and this is one of them. He supported me right through my spell as well,” he said.

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