Bhuvi was always our second pacer for World Cup: Bowling coach

Vastavam web: India’s bowling coach Bharath Arun said team management had always been clear that it was Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who would be Jasprit Bumrah’s new-ball partner in the seamer-friendly English conditions during World Cup. While Mohammed Shami played bulk of the matches across formats as Bumrah’s new ball partner, a lot of eyebrows were raised when Shami was dropped in favour of the UP pacer.

“I think in the first place it was always Bumrah and Bhuvi even before the start of the tournament,” Arun said during an interaction at the mixed zone. “Because considering the English conditions, Bhuvi is a good option as he moves ball around pretty well and is good at the death too. They were always the first two choices.

Jasprit Bumrah has now been India’s primary weapon and Arun feels that it is a dream to have an asset like him. “It’s a dream to have a bowler like Bumrah. He is probably one of the best in the world — both at the start as well as at the death. My job is to remind them about plans and what they have done in the past,” he said. He was happy that the team executed the plan against David Warner perfectly as he didn’t get a single delivery to play the cut shot.

“The plan was to not give Warner any width and take the pace away from the ball. I thought they executed the plan well.” Kuldeep Yadav seemed to be rediscovering himself after a horrendous IPL and Arun said all he did prior to the start of the tournament was remind the young left-arm wrist spinner about the things that got him success in the first place.