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Bhuvi: Enjoying bowling with Steyn

Calcutta: Bhuvneshwar Kumar is enjoying bowling with Dale Steyn for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

“You learn more when bowling alongside someone like Dale. There are so many little things I can pick up from him that can help me become a better bowler. That is the biggest positive of being part of such an attack.

“I bowled with Dale a few times in the nets but talking to him during the match about specific batsmen’s weaknesses and planning was a learning experience,” Bhuvneshwar was quoted as saying in IPL’s official website.

If anyone were to look at the scorecard of the Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals game in Abu Dhabi, they’d see 3.3-0-21-1 written against the name of Bhuvneshwar.

However, what those numbers don’t tell you is that in his third over — sixth of the Royals innings — Bhuvi almost got Watson to nick one behind with a peach of an out-swinger and foxed Ajinkya Rahane with the one that shaped back. Both these balls deserved wickets but none fetched him one. In the end, the Royals just managed to scamper home.

“Oh, yes. These were the perfect conditions for me… There was grass on the wicket and I was getting the ball to swing. I know that when I get conditions like this, I become a different bowler altogether.

“I bowled an out-swinger to Watson and the one that came in to Ajinkya. Both were lucky to miss the edge. When you are bowling that well, you do feel like you should have ended up with more wickets.

“But it was equally satisfying to see Ishant pick up a wicket in the very next over. When you create pressure in the previous over for your partner to strike, it is sometimes as satisfying as picking up a wicket yourself. That’s how you win matches…. bowling in pairs,” Bhuvneshwar explained.