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Bhuvneshwar Kumar needs to swing ball more consistently: India bowling coach

It's not that he is not swinging the ball, but he needs to swing it a lot more consistently, and that will come back with work, said Bharath.

By: Express News Service | Bangalore | Updated: November 16, 2015 10:44:22 am
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Despite the fact that Day Two of the second Test was washed out, Indian team’s bowling coach Bharath feels the home side can force a result here if they put up a good total in their first innings. Addressing the media, Arun spoke on issues ranging from Ravindra Jadeja’s grand comeback to Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s loss of swing and form. Excerpts from the presser.

On Jadeja’s performance

“I guess he had some time to reflect as to which areas he needs to work on to improve. His performances in Ranji (more than 30 plus wickets for Saurashtra) should have given him loads of confidence. Also Jadeja is one of our bankable bowlers. No matter what format you play, whether you play Tests or ODIs. He knows using his strengths to his advantage.”

On the problem with Bhuvi

“There are 140 plus bowlers, who can also swing the ball. Bhuvi’s USP was his swing. He has definitely put in a few more yards in terms of pace. It’s not that he is not swinging the ball, but he needs to swing it a lot more consistently, and that will come back with work.”

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On Ishant’s changed action

“To be honest, not much was done in terms of his (Ishant’s) action. It’s about making them aware about angles and what angles suits them best. Once they know, they perform the skills better and gain in confidence in what they do.”

On turning tracks adverse impact on Indian pacers

“I disagree with that (notion of a turner). We have quality fast bowlers in India. We have four bowlers, who are bowling 140 plus at the moment on a consistent basis. We would like to play on wickets conducive to our team and strategies.”

On Yadav, Aaron not getting sufficient game time at home

“This is definitely a challenge for team management. We have to look at conditions to suit at the combination we have. The bottom line would be to keep them motivated when the opportunity does arise. If you look at Varun and Umesh, they bowled pretty well in last match (Mohali). They did exceptionally well. They went under 2.5 runs an over. In fact, Varun bowled a three-over spell where he was reversing the ball.”

On the Test match

“There’s a long way to go in this Test match. We would like to focus on taking it session by session in batting. We need to put up a very good total to be in the driver’s seat in the match.”

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