“Watching him bowl fast and get wickets is a joy,” says Bhuvneshwar on Umran Malik

Bhuvneshwar says watching Umran bowl fast “is a joy”

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar praised his young teammate pacer, Umran Malik, saying watching him bowl fast “is a joy” while Punjab’s king’s skipper Shikhar Dhawan said losing early wickets hurt them.

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Sunday praised his young teammate bowler Umran Malik, saying watching him bowl fast “is a joy”. Bhuvneshwar and Umran devastated the Punjab Kings batting line-up and all-out them in 151 in the IPL game, paving the way for their team’s seven-wicket victory. 

While asking about the Umran, India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar said in a lighter vein,

“More than (Umran) helping me, it means I am a target as batters think I’m slower.

“But watching him bowl fast and get wickets is a joy. Hope the others going after me leads to wickets and no boundaries (smiles).”

Bhuvneshwar gave an outstanding breakthrough to his team by picking the opener batter Shikhar Dhawan wicket’s in the third over of the game. 

“There was no swing so I looked to hit back of a length. That was my plan against Shikhar as I knew he would step out and look for the boundary. I looked to hit a hard length and find the top edge and luckily that’s what happened, I looked to play with my field as well.

“I try to bowl to the batter’s weakness or the ground’s dimensions. The wicket and my skills are what I look at,”

Bhuvneshwar said.

Asked whether he found it helpful to have Malik bowl at the other end, Bhuvneshwar cracked an impromptu joke. 

“I don’t think it helps; I think somewhere batsmen think: ‘look, he [Bhuvneshwar] bowls slow. So go after him.’ But looking at him, it always gives you joy that somebody is scaring batsmen and getting wickets like that. It’s always a joy to watch him. Hopefully, I get wickets [if batters go after him instead].”

While leading the side in the absence of regular skipper Mayank Agarwal, who dropped the match due to a toe injury, Shikhar Dhawan said losing early wickets hurt them.

“Mayank is better and he should be ready to be back. We were 30-40 runs short and lost too many early wickets which put us behind the game. The early wickets meant we had to hold wickets and that’s where we had to mold our game,”

Dhawan said.

“There was a middle-order recovery but the early wickets cost us. The wicket had an extra bounce which we were late to adjust. The discussion with the batting will be to save wickets till the 13th-14th over, the bowlers are doing well.

“We need to put up complete performances and hopefully a 3-4 game turnaround which can change a season will come in,”

Dhawan said.