Can India win three matches in row? Bhuvaneshwar thinks so
India medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar said that his team was focussed and confident of winning their must-win match against New Zealand in Auckland on Friday.
India trail New Zealand 0-2 in the five-match ODI series.
"There is no extra-ordinary pressure on us. We are confident of doing well. To win this match, we just need to be focussed on the game. We are not overconfident about winning, just confident enough," he said.
"If we can win tomorrow, it will lift us enough to even win three matches in a row and win the series," he added.
The visitors lost the first two ODIs -- at Napier by 24 runs and at Hamilton by 15 runs (D/L method).
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'Not focusing on just one player'
New Zealand have batted well in this series so far, with their in-form line-up not giving away many wickets in the middle overs. It has allowed their lower-order batsmen, particularly Corey Anderson, to make a late surge in the death overs.
"The middle overs are not a weakness. New Zealand have just played better cricket than us. We have just been focussing on keeping the run-rate down and we haven't been able to get wickets. We need to keep working on that," said Bhuvneshwar.
Asked to pick their opposition's most dangerous batsman, he replied, "There is no one name that we are concentrating on. Their whole batting line-up is in form at the moment. Jesse Ryder, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor...they are all in good touch. The aim is to get them all out, and not just focus on one player.
"Obviously we do need to get Anderson early. He has given them good scores in the last two matches, so we need to get him out cheaply to keep the scoring down," he added.
Image: Corey Anderson of New Zealand
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'Since the conditions are suitable for bowlers, I keep it simple'
It has been a whirlwind first season in international cricket for Bhuvneshwar, with varied experiences at home and then on overseas tours -- England, South Africa and New Zealand.
The medium-pacer acknowledged his learning experience.
"As a fast bowler, it is a good experience for me because the ball does a bit here. There is not much swing, but quite a bit of bounce. All of this helps me. Also, I expected the conditions to be more windy. Since the conditions are suitable for bowlers, I keep it simple. There is no point making things complicated," he said.
Asked which area of bowling he has worked most on, Bhuvneshwar said, "I have tried to improve on my death bowling. Before the Australia series in India, we had a two-month break and I focussed on that aspect. I have tried to bowl yorkers in the end overs. If you bowl well early in the innings, it is also important to finish well."
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