Bengaluru, Sep 26: The experience of playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has helped many cricketers. The latest to benefit and give credit to the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament is paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Bhuvneshwar has said his confidence of bowling in death overs was boosted by IPL. Admitting that he was not a good bowler at the end of the innings when he started his international career, he gradually improved thanks to IPL.
"Death bowling was an aspect I wasn't very good at when I started playing international cricket. And I was very keen on getting better at succeeding with the old ball in limited overs cricket," the Uttar Pradesh bowler told the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) official website yesterday (September 25) at the preparatory camp in Bengaluru.
"I always worked hard at it but as you play, you grow and learn about your own game. That's when you figure out how you can develop certain aspects of your game in lesser time.
"In this regards, IPL helped me a lot. In IPL as a specialist bowler, you have to bowl in the death overs; there is no way out. That experience helped me gradually improve as a death bowler.
"My confidence really god boosted when I bowled well in the death during the Zimbabwe series. I got that belief that I can do it at the international level as well. That will bode well for me and the team in the South Africa series," the 25-year-old added.
In the IPL, Bhuvneshwar plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Previously he was with the now defunct Pune Warriors. He was also part of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team.
Bhuvneshwar is looking forward to do well in the home series against South Africa. In did not get to play in the recently concluded 3-match Test series in Sri Lanka which India won 2-1.
"It is up to the team management to decide who plays and who doesn't. During the Sri Lanka series while I sat out, I was planning ahead for the home season, asking myself in what way I can improve to help the team in the coming matches," he said.
India and South Africa will play 3 Twenty20 Internationals, 5 One Day Internationals and 4 Tests.