Former India pacer Javagal Srinath admits that Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be an asset for India in the upcoming South Africa series. Srinath was a part of the Mohammad Azharuddin squad that toured South Africa for the first time post-apartheid.
The 48-year-old Srinath believes this is the best bowling combination currently with Bhuvneshwar as the strike bowler.
“This is the best fast bowling combination in India at the moment. I go by what I’ve seen in the last one-and-a-half years. I strongly feel Bhuvneshwar will be the strike bowler – or at least he should be treated like one. He should be used economically and in short spells. Over the past few months, he has been outstanding,” Srinath said.
Srinath further admitted that with Bhuvneshwar swinging the kookaburra ball both ways at an alarming pace he would be crucial in South Africa wickets which offers extra bounce and pace.
“The team management has to take care of him and ensure he lasts the series. He should not be used as second fiddle, where he is made to bowl donkey overs and is tired by the second or the third Test,” Srinath stated.
Talking about the red Kookaburra ball, Srinath feels the quicker Bhuneshwar adapts, the better it is for him.
“They have to get used to it as soon as possible. Winning these Test matches will depend a lot on how quickly they get used to the ball and how well they read local conditions. There has to be a minor adjustment in the way they pitch the ball,” Srinath remarked.
The current ICC match referee feels that the team management should manage the workload of the bowlers stressing that the more you bowl that better you become.
Srinath further feels adaptability to a pitch and during various sessions is the key to this conditions.
“The only thing they have to make sure is that any bowler should not be bowling too many overs. They should be effective enough to get the opposition out in 100-120 overs in an innings. If that happens and the Indian batting clicks, I don’t see a reason why we cannot dominate,” Srinath concluded.
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