Bhuvneshwar Kumar © AFP
Bhuvneshwar Kumar © AFP

India bowled out South Africa for 286 on Day One. With 11 overs remaining in the Day the Indian openers came to bat. India were soon reduced to 28 for 3 at stumps.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up 4 for 87 with three wickets in his first three overs reducing the host to 12 for 3. However, Bhuvi believes that it is going to be tough for India to come out of the situation.

‘It’s gonna be tough’

“It was an amazing day, that’s how Test cricket is. It’s gonna be tough (the way forward). We knew these are the situations we’ll have to tackle with,” he said.

Shikhar Dhawan at third slip dropped Vernon Philander off Bhuvi’s bowling, restricting him from a fifer. Bhuvi believes that the Indian bowlers could have done a better job.

‘We gave 25-30 runs extra’

“To be honest, we could have bowled better. We gave 25-30 runs extra, just wanted to bowl in good areas. We wanted to get the batsmen out caught behind or in the slips.

“We knew it doesn’t swing much in South Africa. Never felt the wicket would be slow. We thought there would be lateral movement and that’s what happened. Overall we’re happy with the way we’ve bowled,” he said.

Talking about Hashim Amla, Bhuvi admits how big wicket it was as Amla can score big. Ab de Villiers hit four boundaries in his over soon after he came to bat. Bhuvi praised de Villiers admitting that he is best in the world.

‘It was very pleasing to get him out’

“In Test cricket, the top of off-stump is an area where every batsman is vulnerable. He’s (Amla) the kind of batsman who can make big hundreds if he gets going. It was very pleasing to get him out.”

“AB is best in the world. You have to be at your best to bowl to him. His counter-attack hurt us,” he added.