AB de Villiers

AB almost took the game away from us, says Bhuvi

[caption id="attachment_61119" align="aligncenter" width="580"]Bhuvneshwar Kumar took four wickets against South Africa today. Image Source: ICC Bhuvneshwar Kumar took four wickets against South Africa today. Image Source: ICC[/caption]

Debasis Sen, Cape Town: Indian cricket team’s star pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar feels that AB de Villiers’ counterattack almost took the game away from India on the very first day of the first Test match at the Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town.

“He is the best in the world and you have to be at your best to bowl to him. He was counterattacking and took the game from us. He didn’t take it completely but he took the session away from us. It would have been good if we had got him out early,” said Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the press-conference on Friday.

The hosts continued to lose their wickets at regular intervels but their run-rate didn’t fall down from four. According to Bhuvi it was giving them a lot of worries during the game.

“During the breaks also we were talking about bringing the run-rate down because in Test cricket four runs per over is a lot. This is something we want to improve in the next innings, but overall we are happy with the lines and lengths we bowled,” he added.

Bhuvi failed to take a five-for as his fellow teammate Shikhar Dhawan failed to take an easy catch. Though Bhuvi was not annoyed with Shikhar. “No, I am not disappointed at not taking a five-wicket haul. This is part of the game and there will be other opportunities to take five wicket hauls. Catches do win you matches and we want to improve this area.”

“The slip cordon has held some great catches in the past, so they will miss one or two. We do not go to bowl thinking they will not hold catches. We trust the slip cordon to hold their catches,” he said.

At one stage the Proteas were at 221 for 7 but they managed to score 286 runs before getting all-out. Bhuvi feels that they scored 25-30 odd extra runs.

“If we want to be hard on ourselves, then yes we did give away a few too many runs to South Africa. I think they scored 25-30 odd extra runs. In every hour of play, there were 2-3 overs where we gave them easy boundaries. That is an area we can improve on,” Bhuvi signed off.
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