World Cup 2019: Teams will be wary of India’s bowling attack, says Bhuvneshwar Kumar

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Teams will be wary of India’s bowling attack, says Bhuvneshwar KumarIndia pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar also opened up on the competition for spots in the playing XI, given the impressive comeback of Mohammed Shami and the superlative form of Jasprit Bumrah. India begin their World Cup 2019 campaign on June 5 in Southamptonadvertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 16, 2019UPDATED: May 16, 2019 14:47 IST India will have three frontline pacers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami at the World Cup (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBhuvneshwar Kumar said India have the attack to do well in all conditionsBhuvneshwar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are India’s frontline pacers at World Cup 2019The Indian bowling attack has grown from strength to strength: BhuvneshwarIndia pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has talked up the firepower in the team’s bowling unit, saying the Indian bowlers’ ability to be potent both at the start and the death will augur well even in flat pitches in the United Kingdom during the World Cup.Scores of 300-plus are being posted day in and day out in England and Wales as the pitches have been assisting batsmen in England. For instance, Pakistan and England batsmen have been relishing the conditions in England in an ongoing ODI series as scores of 350-plus have been posted with ease.Nonetheless, India were able to keep the English batsmen relatively quiet during a three-match ODI series in the Old Blighty in 2018.With the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami proving effective both with the new ball and at the death, India are banking on their bowling firepower to get the job done at the World Cup, starting May 30 in the UK.Moreover, India’s wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been picking wickets in the middle overs and have managed to put a break on the opposition’s scoring rate consistently.”I agree that pitches in England in the last few years have been flat, but teams will be wary of India’s bowling unit since we can be potent both at the start and at the death. It will all boil down to how we execute the plans on the given day,” Bhuvneshwar Kumar told The Times of India.He added: “Our performances over the last few years speak for us. The Indian bowling attack has grown from strength to strength. Today, we can say that our pace attack can make an impact on any surface.”advertisementMohammed Shami’s comeback into the ODI side and the subsequent consistent performances has increased the competition among the pacers for spots in the playing XI and Bhuvneshwar Kumar insists the situation is healthy.Bhuvneshwar suffered injury concerns in 2018 and struggled to make impacts in the opportunities that came his way. In 24 matches since the start of the 2018 season, the right-arm pacer has picked up just 20 wickets at a cumulative average of 35.58.Bhuvneshwar failed to impress in IPL 2019 as well as he was expensive, conceding at 7.81 from 15 matches. Nonetheless, the Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer is confident he will be able to shine in English conditions during the World Cup.”Each one of us has our own strengths that we bring to the bowling unit. It is always a good thing that whoever is getting a chance in the playing XI has been performing well. As a bowling unit – we back ourselves to do well in any conditions,” Bhuvneshwar said.”I have always enjoyed bowling in England because there is some swing around, which is my strength. Unlike in India, pitches in England don’t usually get slower as the game progresses. So depending on whether the ball is moving or not, I make my plans.”Also Read | Kuldeep Yadav clarifies MS Dhoni comments: His tips invaluableAlso Read | Virat Kohli does not have to be the only leader in the Indian side: Jonty RhodesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Bhuvneshwar KumarFollow 2019 World CupFollow India national cricket teamFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Mohammed ShamiFollow Kuldeep Yadavlast_img read more

Australia coach Justin Langer reveals how job pressure caused emotional turmoil at home

first_img Press Trust of India SydneyJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 11:48 IST On 3 May 2018, Justin Langer was announced as coach of the Australian national cricket team. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia coach Justin Langer has revealed that the first six months of his job were stressfulIndia won both the Test and ODI series by a 2-1 margin against AustraliaAustralia take on England in the first Test of the five-match Ashes series starts on August 1Australia coach Justin Langer has revealed that the first six months of his job were so stressful that his wife Sue was left in tears during the time Virat Kohli’s India were on course for their maiden Test and ODI series triumphs here.Speaking to ‘ESPNCricinfo’ ahead of the Ashes starting August 1, Langer said taking charge of the team, which was reeling in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal last year, took its toll on him especially during the drawn fourth Test against India here.”I’ve known my wife since I was 14 years old, so she knows everything about me, and they were leaving. They were leaving that day, and we were at breakfast at 8 o’clock and my wife started crying at the breakfast table in front of my daughters,” Langer recalled.”I said what’s going on, I had never see my wife cry – we know everything about each other. She said ‘I just don’t like what’s happening here, I don’t like what it’s doing to you, I don’t like what it’s doing to us, people are so mean, what people are saying about you and the team and Australian cricket’. That was a real eye-opener for me, that it was affecting my family,” he said.India won both the Test and ODI series by a 2-1 margin.A tense exchange with a journalist on all-rounder Glenn Maxwell’s Test future was another instance which made Langer feel that perhaps the pressure of the job was a bit too much.advertisement”I got, I’d say two out of 10 grumpy with the journalist in Sydney, and I was also amazed at the backlash of that as well,” Langer said.”I apologised straight after the event, that’s me, but I realised then and the way people said ‘he’s getting angry, he’s losing it’. I didn’t feel that but my wife was getting upset, that was a real moment.”I’ve said privately and publicly a few times if I look back to my career, 1993 when I got dropped for the first time, really tough time, but pivotal in my life. “I got dropped in 2001, a really, really tough time, but pivotal in my life. I look to January 2019 in Sydney, really tough time, but I’ve got no doubt it’ll be a massive part of my evolution as a coach,” he added.Also Read | Mitchell Santner back as New Zealand name 4 spinners for Test series in Sri LankaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Justin LangerFollow Team IndiaFollow Virat Kohli Australia coach Justin Langer reveals how job pressure caused emotional turmoil at homeFormer Test cricketer Justin Langer was announced as coach of the Australian national cricket team in May 2018, following the resignation of Darren Lehmann from the position.advertisementlast_img read more

EYEWITNESS Giving the unidigital salute…

…to CabinetA couple of days ago, your Eyewitness referred to the Communities Minister’s recommendation to the City Council to suspend the Parking Meter Contract for three months. He pointed out this had to be a directive from the very top of the power pyramid of the PNC – forget about the AFC and those half-men outfits in APNU! And he predicted the decision by City Council would show “who had more seed than baigan”!!Well…now we know!! And it ain’t Bulkan – but that we already knew, didn’t we? If central casting ever wanted a faceless, seedless apparatchiki, this former lumber salesman is their guy!! Now that the Councillors of City Hall – played like a violin by maestro Royston King – have given the middle finger to the suggestion, it’s clear they believe they’re more well-endowed, seedwise, than any big kahuna over in Congress Place. During the special meeting convened by the Deputy Mayor to discuss Cabinet’s recommendation, he took pains to say the well-endowed Mayor was away, and matters will have to await her return.As to who’s the PNC leader City Hall is willing to buck…we won’t speculate save to say if the point’s even up for discussion, things aren’t what they seem! So the question is…who’s gonna blink first? That’ll give us an inkling of the of the PNC’s power topography.In the meantime, their lawyer – from the same chambers handling Smart City’s interest!!! – advised them as to their options in a six-page memo, which the dissenters claim they need time “to study”. One “option” of course was to face the “terror clause” which the Gang of Four signed. That, of course, basically pledged the first-born of this and the next generation be handed over to Smart City as bonded labour to pay off the debt we would’ve accrued!Evidently the question of “conflict of interest” doesn’t arise with City Hall and Smart City using the same law firm. As we know, all lawyers have “split personalities” and each personality REALLY doesn’t know of the existence of the others! Anyhow back to the matter at hand – which had to do with the testicular attributes of the City Hall Gang of Four, versus that of the PNC top honchos.In the estimation of your bemused Eyewitness, these PNC folks are sooo deep in the mire of corruption that birthed this contract from hell…there’s no way, it will be cancelled – as the protesters are demanding. What’s most likely is there will be some further “compromises” that really won’t amount to squat in the long-term.We’ll still be getting it in the end!…to sugar workersIf there was any doubt where this Government stands vis a vis sugar workers, two news items on the industry in yesterday’s newspapers should’ve cleared them up. Just as happened at Wales, the workers at East Demerara Estates have to read between the lines of anonymous decisions by GuySuCo operatives to get a glimmer of their fate. Why talk directly to them? What’d they know? They’re only cane cutters!! So we now can figure East Demerara sugar will be shuttered in three to four years? How’d we know that? Well… they’ve ordered no new canes be planted there – so when the standing stock are ratooned out in three to four years, it’s “sayonara time”, baby!!The other item was the CEO – who presided over the demise of the industry as a big honcho of Booker Tate – excruciatingly parsing the labour laws to claim GuySuCo doesn’t owe severance pay to workers transferred out of their 10-mile zone!!But not to worry…Nagamootoo says, it’s gonna be aw’right!…the criminal lawPublic Security Minister – and a (criminal!) lawyer to boot – Khemraj Ramjattan, says pharma contracts to NEW GPC under the PPP were like “kick down the door banditry”.So, are the present rental of the Pharma warehouse and the sole sourced contracts to ANSA and others drug-induced aggravated rape?? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: The beat goes on…September 9, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Smart fliesMarch 18, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Holding the line…March 20, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” read more