ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Bhuvneshwar Kumar says opponents will be wary of India's bowling unit at mega event

The 2019 World Cup will be Bhuvneshwar Kumar's second participation in the mega event and the experienced fast bowler feels the key for bowlers in England will be executing their plans properly.

FirstCricket Staff, May 16, 2019 10:46:11 IST

India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has struggled for form and discipline ever since he injured his back during the ODI series in England in 2018.

After encountering a horrific 2018, where he managed just 11 wickets in 14 ODIs, the 29-year-old bounced back in style with 19 wickets in 10 ODIs this year. However, the Meerut-born pacer, who had won the Purple Cap on previous two occasions in IPL, was far from his best in the T20 league.

File image of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Reuters

File image of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Reuters

Bhuvneshwar grabbed 13 scalps in 15 matches with an economy rate of 7.81 and at an average of 35.46 as Sunrisers Hydebrabad lost to Delhi Capitals in the eliminator. The pacer's lack of form has been a worry for Indian fans with the World up fast approaching.

But Bhuvneshwar, in an interview with Times of India, expressed that he's happy with how things are "going at the moment" and added that the pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and him can make an impact on any kind of surface and condition.

"Each one of us has our own strengths that we bring to the bowling unit. It is always a good thing that whoever is getting a chance in the playing XI has been performing well. As a bowling unit — we back ourselves to do well in any conditions," Bhuvneshwar told TOI.

The 2019 World Cup will be Bhuvneshwar's second participation in the mega event and the experienced fast bowler feels the key for bowlers in England will be executing their plans properly.

"I agree that pitches in England in the last few years have been flat, but teams will be wary of India's bowling unit since we can be potent both at the start and at the death. It will all boil down to how we execute the plans on the given day," he said.

While there were talks of work load management for pacers during IPL 2019, Bhuvneshwar said that the T20 league has given players the much-needed practice ahead of the mega showdown while helping him to be in a "good rhythm".

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Updated Date: May 16, 2019 10:46:11 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254