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Why Bhuvi wants to bowl more dot balls

Last updated on: August 12, 2019 11:59 IST

'Getting wickets is a by-product of bowling tightly.'

India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is congratulated by skipper Virat Kohli and teammates after dismissing Roston Chase

IMAGE: India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is congratulated by skipper Virat Kohli and teammates after dismissing Roston Chase in the second One Day International against the West Indies, at the Queens Park Oval, in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Sunday. Photograph: BCCI

India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar said dot balls, and not wickets, were on his mind in the second ODI against the West Indies as he believes that an economical spell never goes unrewarded.

Bhuvneshwar scalped four wickets for 31 runs in India's 59-run win over the Caribbeans, which gave the tourists a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after a washed out lung-opener.

 

"When I came to bowl I was just thinking I have to bowl economically, get more dot balls. I feel getting wickets is a by-product of bowling tightly. I wasn't thinking much about the result because we knew if we get one or two wickets we will be back in the game," Bhuvneshwar said of the rain-curtailed match.

Earlier, India skipper Virat Kohli laid the foundation for victory with his 42nd ODI hundred. He ended his 11-innings century drought with a 120-run knock off 125 balls to help India to 279 for 7.

Shreyas Iyer also chipped in with a fine knock of 71.

"From Virat's expression you could see that he badly wanted to score a hundred not because he was out form but because he was getting out in the 70s and 80s and he's always known for scoring big runs," Bhuvneshwar said at the post-match conference.

Kohli's last hundred was against Australia in March. Since then he was among the runs, notching five half centuries in the World Cup, but failed to get a hundred.

The West Indies lost wickets at regular intervals but looked well within sight of the target with Nicholas Pooran (42) and Rostan Chase (18) in the middle. However, Bhuvneshwar changed the complexion of the game in a matter of an over.

In the 35th over, he first dismissed Pooran and then leapt to pull off a stunning catch to see the back of Chase.

"I just caught it. I wasn't expecting it. Pooran's wicket was the main wicket for us because we all know how he plays and he can change the game. So his wicket was the key for us. Roston Chase also the moment he came he started taking singles. So those two wickets were crucial for us."

Now the Indian pace spearhead has set his sight on a precious away series win. India lead the three-match ODI series 1-0.

"We are up in the series we want to win the series. whenever you are playing away from home you just want to win the series," Bhuvneshwar said.

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