India Vs Australia 2019 ODI: Indian fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar says that the remaining three ODIs of the five-match series against Australia part of the preparation for the 2019 World Cup which is starting May 30.
He said, “We cannot take any match lightly. Obviously, these are the crucial matches for us going into the World Cup.”
When he was asked about what will be his approach for the Indian Premier League (IPL), he responded: “IPL is something where we polish our skills and be in form but ODI and T20I are totally different. So we are approaching these matches (ODIs) as the last before the World Cup.”
As Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will be sharing the new ball, with that India is looking for a seam-bowling all-rounder for the playing XI, Bhuvneshwar, who was not part of the 2015 World Cup, is expected to be part of benches at the 2019 edition in England.
Though, not only Bumrah and Shami but the pace combination of Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar has also been successful.
Bhuvneshwar added, “I am not worried about who is getting a chance and who is not getting. More importantly, it is about getting rest. Shami got to rest in New Zealand, I got to rest in this series (Australia). You want to be consistent and for that, you want to be fit. That is the reason why I took rest.”
He further said, “If Bumrah is taking wickets then I can contain runs so that there is pressure on the batsmen. These are things which we keep working on. Not just two of us but as a bowling unit, we keep in mind that if somebody is picking wickets, the other bowler’s job is to not give away any runs. It could be vice versa, I could be taking wickets and he could be containing.”
With 2-0 up in the series, India will clash with Australia for the third ODI to take an undeniable lead in the five-match series on March 8 in Ranchi.