Team India fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar feels that upcoming tour of Australia will be challenging despite the hosts missing two of their star players- David Warner and Steven Smith.
Meanwhile, Kumar is currently on a rest as the selectors decided to test the bench strength during the series against Windies. However, now, with the series to the Down Under in sight, Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be a key component.
“It (the Australian tour) will be challenging, no tour is easy. But Australia will be challenging because when you play outside your home (country) you need to adapt to certain conditions. It won’t be easy for bowlers as there is hardly any movement these days,” Bhuvneshwar said.
The current Aussie set up will be their weakest team in a decade or so to take on India. They will be without Warner and Smith, who are serving a one-year ban during to their part in the ball-tampering scandal.
Asked how the absence of Smith and Warner will affect Australia, Bhuvneshwar Kumar said there are others batsmen who can do well for Australia.
“I cannot say that we will overcome them. They don’t have the two batsmen (Smith and Warner), who have done well over the years. (But) there are other batsmen in their place and it is not that they aren’t good.
“It’s their home conditions. For us, if the two (Smith and Warner) were there, it is a challenge, now they are not there, it will still be a challenge. If it would have been easy, we would have always won the series (in the past). It won’t be easy. Our preparation in the practise matches there will matter,” Bhuvneshwar Kumar added.
Breaks are important: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
The fast bowler from Uttar Pradesh, who has played 92 ODIs and 21 Tests, lauded the rotation policy of the team management. He also stressed on having breaks saying that they are important to keep a bowler fresh.
“The way fast bowlers are managed, the rotation policy is in a way good, as we get a break and others get a chance and the body remains fresh. Breaks are important after you play a long tour. You are mentally tired, like Jasprit (Bumrah) said when you return you are fresh and are rearing to go. Hence breaks are needed, as your body gets tired,” Bhuvneshwar Kumar concluded.