India Cricket News: Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar admitted that it would be challenging for him and his fellow pacers to ball with the red Kookaburra ball, ahead of the series opener against South Africa in Cape Town.
As India is all set to take on South Africa away from home, starting from 5th of January. India’s lethal fast bowler Bhuveshwar Kumar made a statement regarding the pitch and the Kookaburra bowl.
Bhuvi stated that the Indian’s are expecting a pace, hard and bouncy wickets in South Africa. And also mentioned that the bowlers need to make necessary adjustment accordingly to bowl with the Kookaburra.
"The first thing that comes to the mind when you are touring South Africa is bouncy wickets. But that is no surety of what kind of pitch you would get in the game," Bhuvneshwar Kumar told reporters.
"When it comes to batsmen there is the bounce factor. But that is a factor for the bowlers too. The Kookaburra is the toughest ball to bowl with. It does not do too much after 25-30 overs, so these are the kind of situations we are trying to prepare for," he added.
Bhuveshwar Kumar, who has so far has pick up 53 Test wickets in 19 matches in his career, revealed that the India pace battery is training to bowl long spells.
"We have not talked so far on the strategy. The focus is on the basics. May be a couple of days before the first Test, we will see how to strategise according to the batsman.
"Yesterday, we did two sessions to get into the Test mode. It is a six-hour day in a Test match so we bowled twice. We wanted to bowl as long as possible," Bhuvi disclosed.
"Everyone is confident. We know there is a chance to win a series in South Africa but to be able to do that we know we have to give our best. We have done well in the last two years and we are confident of doing well in these conditions," Kumar remarked.