After a successful comeback in limited-overs cricket, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is eyeing to make his return to India’s Test team as well when Virat Kohli and co. tour to England later in the year.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was returning to international cricket after more than a year due to his injury issues, was one of the star performers helping the side beat England in both the T20I and the ODI series; he was the most economical bowler in both series.
The pacer played all 8 matches and thankfully didn’t showed any discomfort. After the game on Sunday, the Sunrisers Hyderabad seamer said that Test cricket is still his priority and will prepare and train in the IPL 2021 keeping in mind the 5-match Test series in England.
“Of course, red-ball cricket is in my radar. I will prepare to keep the red ball in mind. Although what kind of team will be selected for Test matches is an entirely different scenario.
“My workload management and training during IPL will be keeping red ball in mind because I know there’s a lot of Tests ahead and my priority still is Test cricket. So from my end, I will do everything to get ready for the Test series,” Bhuvneshwar Kumar said in the virtual conference.
I have stopped making long-term plans: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
The 31-year-old has had a really tough last couple of years as he has to deal with a spate of injuries. The Uttar Pradesh pacer last played a Test match for India in January 2018 in South Africa; he missed the Test series in England due to an injury and wasn’t picked in any Test in Australia that year. He was ruled out of the last Australia tour as well after sustaining another injury in IPL 2020 after playing just 4 matches.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar says that while he wishes to play in the Test series, but at the same time he isn’t pondering too much in the future owing to his injury struggles. The right-hander is hoping to remain fit and will take extra care of his workload in the IPL.
“I have stopped making long-term plans as in the past when I have done that, things haven’t gone in my favour. Be it because of injury or form.
“But yes workload management is something, I will be seriously monitoring along with team management. So yes, since I was unfit for a long time, I had to ensure that I put a lot of emphasis on being fit. We have a lot of cricket ahead along with England tour, so I will try and keep myself fit,” he added.