World 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 Yadav
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