Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India’s stand-in vice-captain for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, feels confident about the youngsters doing well in the island nation.
India’s regular white-ball cricket team’s captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma are currently in the UK ahead of the five-match Test series against England. As a result, Shikhar Dhawan was appointed the skipper for the series against SL while Bhuvi was selected as his deputy.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a 20-member squad for the three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). Moreover, there are several youngsters and as many as six debutants in this Indian contingent.
Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar Kumar expects the youngsters to carry their recent IPL performances into the national colours as well. While featuring on a show for Star Sports, the right-arm pacer had said:
“We have good players and they have experience of the IPL, they are young but they have experience of IPL, playing T20 for so many years and they have done well for their teams. So, it will be beneficial for the team that they will carry the confidence of IPL and they are young and talented.
“There is a good mix with the experienced players and this will be a good tour. Young players who have come for their first tour and came after doing well in IPL so if they do well here then it will be great for their confidence.”
Bhuvneshwar Kumar on his recovery from injury
The 31-year-old had picked an injury while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) during the now-postponed Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Bhuvneshwar stated that he has worked hard on his fitness while recovering from the injury and playing domestic games helped him get back into the groove.
“When I was almost recovered, domestic cricket was going on as well. So my focus was to get fit and make a comeback and then I started the preparation for the match. Before the England series, I played domestic cricket, so that it helps me get the required match practice. One shouldn’t take things lightly, while playing domestic cricket, and that kept me motivated to play for India and to stay fit,” he asserted.