Australia in India 2012-13 February 11, 2013

Bhuvneshwar ready for Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bhuvneshwar Kumar*, one of the new faces in India's Test squad, has said he was hopeful of getting a call-up for the series against Australia. While Bhuvneshwar replaced Parvinder Awana as the third seamer in the 15-member squad, Dhawan replaced Gautam Gambhir.

"I would be lying if I say I was not hoping for this," Bhuvneshwar told Mumbai Mirror. "Having done well in the ODIs recently, I thought it would be the right time for me to have a go in the Tests as well."

Bhuvneshwar made his debut in a Twenty20 match against Pakistan last December and made an immediate impression with his swing. He returned with match figures of 3 for 9 and continued his good form in the ODIs where he regularly bowled 10-over long spells.

When asked if he was ready for Test cricket on Indian pitches, he said, "Having played five years of domestic cricket, I know what it takes to get wickets on Indian pitches. Test cricket won't be like the ODIs, but I'm ready for the challenge, mentally and physically."

Bhuvneshwar, who has taken 149 first-class wickets in 46 matches at an average of 26.02, said he would continue sticking to his strengths.

"I'm not overdoing things. I know my strength, which is swing and seam, and I will not try anything that would weaken my strong point."

* February 11 6.15pm GMT This story has been modified to focus on Bhuvneshwar Kuamr

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  • vishwas on February 13, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    @Solid_Snake i dont remember when he bowled at 134+ all i remember is Bhuvaneshwar bowling maximum speed of 130kph..... ya and i agree with low pace in test wont help.... but give him some time may be this series to decide what he got.... he got some experince in ranji matches... lets see what he will do before predicting him..... and i also would think shami ahmed will be effective more than bhuvaneshwr kumar in tests.........

  • Sammy on February 12, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    @Solid snake - First your batsmen got all out for 49 which was normal and expected. Then your over rated bowlers could only take 3 wickets in the second innings when Smith got bored watching his batsmen clobber Pak bowlers all over the park and declared... and all this on a bowling paradise!!

  • Yasir on February 12, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    @28041991->I am not saying that bowling at 125kph is a bad thing..But when you are bowling at 135-138 in the first 4-5 overs & then in the next spell you go down to 125..That's not normal..If the guy suffered like this in the ODI's then imagine how he would cope up with Test matches..Long Spells,low pace,no swing/reverse swing & opponent batsmen would thrash him badly..I would rate Shammi Ahmed better than this lad.Then comes Varon Arun & Umesh Yadav..Lets see how B.Kumar performs in his first match..

  • Al on February 12, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    B Kumar is like P Kumar - good only with the new ball. When the ball gets old, you need a bowler like Shami Ahmed, who can still bowl at good pace and reverse it. Shami has a smooth bowling action - he can keep going even with the old ball. Dinda's high jump is a liability for him, and Ishant Sharma is clueless. He lacks the thinking ability to be a fast bowler. B Kumar and Shami Ahmed, along with other youngsters like Ishwar Pandey, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Imtiyaz Ahmed, etc are the future of India's pace bowling.

  • vishwas on February 12, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    @Solid_Snake well i would like to clarify you that bhuvaneshwar is not a fast bowler... read cricinfo description they stated him as a RIGH HAND MEDIUM, not even medium pacer.... so your point of FAST bowler doest even have a grip here...... and also bowling at 140+ is not the only eligibillity for a bowler..... there are many bowlers who bowled at 125 to 130 pace and suceeded..... i am not saying bhuvaneshwar succeded, its too early for him.....and also keeping upto the stumps for a medium pace bowler is not any crime.....more over it take some skill to bolw when keeper is up to stumps and when not... so give credit to that.....its their strenght that they play with. you dont have any rights to criticise them......

  • Yasir on February 12, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    @28041991->I am not against B.Kumar..Its his pace..& keeper coming up front would be possible only when someone is consistently bowling at such a low pace.I would like to see Dhoni to come & stand forward against any other Indian 'FAST' bowler.I dont remember Gilchrist ever coming up front against Lee or other Aussie 'FAST' bowlers

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    If we have bowlers Praveen, Vinay and Bhuvanesh as our frontline bowlers honestly we would struggle to take twenty wickets. I was fortunate to hear the great Kapil Dev commenting on the upcoming pacer Iswar Pandey. He mentioned that he is good prospect but needs to bowl at 140ks to trouble batsman at the international level. Cunning bowlers like chaminda are good at limited overs cricket when batsman have to force the pace but at Test Cricket there is no substitute for decent pace . I am glad there is an awakening from the "Line and Length" dogma which has haunted our seam bowling thinking. Just look at pakistan you are nobody if you cant bowl at pace.

  • Chikku on February 12, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    They are not rewarding Pankaj singh or Manoj Tiwary then whats the point in doing well at domestic level?

    I can never understand why they pick Bhaji and Dinda? these players are not capable of even getting into an India A side!

  • vishwas on February 12, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    @Solid_Snake oh yeah and standing up for fast bowling is not disgrace for bowling art.... just because pakisthan keepers dont knw how to keep close to wikets for batsmen it doesnt make disgrace for bowling.... even gilcrisht was standing up to the stumps... you can remember the pace of australian bowlers right......

    more over dhoni was kepping up just for KP to negate his foot work , and that got him wickets..... so your point is pointless........

    you see you need to have guts to stand up for wickets for fats bowlers.... and it doesnt reflects bhuvaneshwars ability.....

  • vishwas on February 12, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    @Solid_Snake dude what can you expect from a debutant.. furthermore this is india.. not any south africa or australia to keep on swinging the ball all day long.....even your junaid khan was getting swing in the initial overs and he capitaliesd it well , you can remember odi's aginst india recently , after the swing is gone junaid was ineffective...he got trash in slog overs in 1st odi by dhoni.....

    the point of swing in subcontinent is just for initial overs.... and there after its all about reverse swing.... those who master that will be the real deal, just like akram, waqar, zaheer......

    give bhuvaneshwar some time before you under estimate him.....