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Bhuvneshwar: We aren’t losing hope

Bhuvneshwar Kumar celebrates the wicket of Joe Root with Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, at Southampton, on Monday. (Getty Images)

Southampton: The scoreboard of the third Test shows that the England batsmen have dominated the Indian bowlers, with the hosts plundering 569 for seven in their first innings before declaring on the second day, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar doesn’t agree to that entirely.

According to the medium pacer, it was a pretty decent effort from the Indians, considering the slowness of the track that has very little on offer for the bowlers.

“Look, if you ask me about the match, I can only say we had a very long day in the field… But as a bowling unit, I feel we did really well,” Bhuvneshwar said after the day’s proceedings.

“If we apply ourselves and bat for one-and-a-half or two days, I believe we can still give ourselves some sort of a chance. It’s not at all a difficult wicket to bat. We aren’t losing hope yet,” he stressed.

Precisely, Bhuvneshwar was the most successful of all Indian bowlers, picking up three wickets for 101 runs. Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Ian Bell were the batsmen he accounted for.

Bowling has indeed appeared to be a very difficult job given the way the Test has progressed so far. There’s definitely a bit of swing, but by no means is it threatening enough for the batsmen, as Bhuvneshwar pointed out.

“In Trent Bridge, the wicket was really slow, which made even scoring runs difficult for batsmen. At Lord’s, everyone saw that it was a green wicket on offer.

“Now, if you compare this pitch with those of the previous Tests, the job hasn’t been easy at all as far as bowlers are concerned… The pitch made our job tougher… The ball is swinging here, but it’s not coming on nicely to induce the edge…

“Therefore, it’s easier for the batsmen to play and hit more shots,” the 24-year-old said.

To speak of his own performance Bhuvneshwar said.

“I did try my best with the new ball, but as a soon as we saw that the wicket was flat, we had to save ourselves for the later half.