India don’t want to be dependent on Virat Kohli all the time: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

first_imgBrief scores – New Zealand (93/2) beat India (92) by 8 wickets. Taylor (37*), Nicholls (30*), Bhuvneshwar (2/25). Full ScorecardIndia fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar stressed there is no need for panic after India’s dismal batting show in the fourth ODI against New Zealand in Hamilton, saying teams tend to slip “once in a while”.Bhuvneshwar also said that India are rather looking at their performance in the fourth ODI as a good “reality check” and lesson for the entire team.Bhuvneshwar’s comments came after India suffered an eight-wicket thrashing at Seddon Park. The visitors, led by stand-in captain Rohit Sharma, were bowled out for their lowest-ever ODI total in New Zealand (92) as Trent Boult blew away the top order, which was without Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.While Virat Kohli was rested after the third ODI, MS Dhoni missed his second successive ODI earlier in the day after failing to recover in time from a hamstring injury he suffered last week.Yuzvendra Chahal top-scored for India with 18 as seven of the 11 Indian batsmen failed to get to double-digit scores.”Not really disappointed. This kind of matches happens once in a while. If you look at the last few months, we have been playing good cricket. It’s kind of good for us as it’s a reality check. It gives us an opportunity to analyse what we have to do in future and learn from these matches,” Bhuvneshwar said.Speaking about Virat Kohli’s absence, the fast bowler added: “You always miss him [Virat] or his kind of player. At the same time, it’s a good opportunity for the young guy who came in place of him. We don’t always want to depend on him. Of course, what he has done is amazing.”advertisementAway we go #travelswithher pic.twitter.com/KnDhMbAG3GVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 29, 2019Bhuvneshwar Kumar brushed aside concerns surrounding India’s middle order after both Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu India’s middle order hopes for the 2019 World Cup were dismissed for naughts.”It wasn’t a lost opportunity for the middle-order. It was a difficult wicket to bat on. It’s a good lesson for all of us not just for the middle-order,” Bhuvneswar added.”Not really [weakness against swing bowling exposed]. We played in England, and South Africa and we played well there. I would like to put it this way – they bowled well, some unplayable balls. Overall, they outplayed us.”Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar also said he is slowly getting back to his best and is feeling confident about his bowling in New Zealand. The right-arm pacer, considered one of the best going around in white-ball cricket, suffered a back strain last year and missed India’s tour to England.Bhuvneshwar had struggled for consistency after returning from the injury at last year’s Asia Cup but the pacer has already picked up 14 wickets from seven matches in the ongoing year.”It’s back [the rhythm]. More importantly, I am getting wickets. Wickets give me confidence. But yes, the rhythm is back and I am hitting the speeds which I used to,” Bhuvneshwar added.Also Read | tire team holidaying with Virat Kohli? Fans furious as India crash to 92-all outAlso Read | Rohit Sharma on 4th ODI defeat: One of our worst batting performances in a long timeAlso Read | Without Kohli-Dhoni, Kuldeep-Chahal help India avoid dubious recordAlso See:last_img

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