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Bhuvneshwar raring to go against Windies on home turf in Kanpur

November 26, 2013 18:24 IST

Bhuvneshwar raring to go against Windies on home turf in Kanpur

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Winning Wednesday’s third and deciding One-Day International against the West Indies will be a huge boost to the team ahead of next month’s tough tour of South Africa, says pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

The match in Kanpur holds much significance for both India and the West Indies as the series is tied 1-1 after the visitor's secured a close two-wicket victory in the last game at Visakhapatnam, and India won the first match in Kochi by six wickets.

"Tomorrow's match will be a crucial one. It is important in the context of the South Africa series. Our morale will be high going into South Africa tour if we can win the series," said Bhuvneshwar, at Tuesday’s pre-match press conference at the Green Park stadium, which is hosting an international game after nearly four years.


Image: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Photographs: BCCI

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'Morale will be high going into South Africa tour if we can win the series'

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Winning Wednesday’s third and deciding One-Day International against the West Indies will be a huge boost to the team ahead of next month’s tough tour of South Africa, says pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

The match in Kanpur holds much significance for both India and the West Indies as the series is tied 1-1 after the visitor's secured a close two-wicket victory in the last game at Visakhapatnam, and India won the first match in Kochi by six wickets.

"Tomorrow's match will be a crucial one. It is important in the context of the South Africa series. Our morale will be high going into South Africa tour if we can win the series," said Bhuvneshwar, at Tuesday’s pre-match press conference at the Green Park stadium, which is hosting an international game after nearly four years.


Image: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Photographs: BCCI

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Asked whether the team is under pressure as it faces the prospect of a rare series loss against the tourists, he replied: "We are not under any pressure, because they (the West Indies) came here to play and win. It is good for the series that it is tied at 1-1. Our morale is high because the last match was a close affair."

Welcoming Zaheer Khan’s inclusion in the squad for the upcoming Tests against South Africa, he said, the veteran pacer’s comeback is good for the team.

“He has been our main bowler for a long time. We can learn a lot from him (in South Africa)," he added.


Photographs: BCCI

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