“Red Ball Cricket remains my priority,” says Bhuvneshwar Kumar after excellent showing in ODIs against England

India beat England by seven runs to clinch the series 2-1 on Sunday night with Bhuvneshwar Kumar playing a key role by picking up three wickets.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar

India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar says he will have this summer’s away Test series against England in mind while monitoring his workload management in the IPL, as red ball cricket remains “my priority”. Bhuvneshwar had a lot of injury issues in the last two years, but he came back strongly and was the team’s second highest wicket-taker in the three-match ODI series against England with six wickets.

His performances in the Powerplay where he choked the run flow and picked up wickets were of crucial importance as were his death over exploits.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar eyes comeback in Tests

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar

When asked if he is thinking about making a comeback in Tests at a post match virtual press conference, Bhuvneshwar said: “Of course, red ball cricket is in my radar. I will prepare keeping red ball in mind. Although what kind of team will be selected for Test matches is entirely different scenario.”

“My workload management and training during IPL will be keeping red ball in mind because I know there’s a lot of Tests ahead and my priority still is Test cricket. I have stopped making long-term plans as in the past when I have done that, things haven’t gone in my favour. Be it because of injury or form,” he further said.

“But yes, workload management is something I will be seriously monitoring along with team management. So yes, since I was unfit for a long time, I had to ensure that I put a lot of emphasis on being fit,” he added.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be seen in action next at the Indian Premier League for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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