Bhuvneshwar Kumar tasted big success on the opening day of the second Test against Australia here on Saturday.
The medium-pacer, who went wicketless in his debut Test in Chennai, was successful in claiming the first three wickets to leave the visitors reeling at 57 for three at one stage before Matthew Wade (62) and skipper Michael Clarke (91) steadied the ship. Bhuvneshwar finished with three for 53 as Australia declared the innings at 237 for nine.
“It was always a dream to play Test for India and I was very happy when I got my first wicket. It could not have been better than this. David Warner, (Ed) Cowan and (Shane) Watson have been scoring runs for Australia and I was happy to dismiss all three of them,” Bhuvneshwar said reflecting on the day’s play.
The Uttar Pradesh seamer said he tried to maintain a stump-to-stump line. “Something always happens during the first hour. So, I tried to bowl within the line of stumps. Since the wicket was slow and the odd ball was keeping low, it (the plan) came off well,” Bhuvneshwar said.
Bhuvneshwar said there was no pressure to take wickets in this match. “We all know that spinners dominate in Indian conditions, so it’s good if medium pacers can get at least two wickets,” he said.
He said the Indian team was not surprised by Australia’s declaration. “We were not surprised at all. Maybe, they understood that their last wicket would not get them too many runs and they wanted to get at least one of our wickets in the remaining three overs,” he said.
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