India tour of Sri Lanka: Team India’s vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar feels ‘lucky’ being coached by Rahul Dravid: As Team India is undertaking practice drills, intra-squad matches under Head Coach Rahul Dravid’s guidance, Bhuvneshwar Kumar expressed his good fortune having been mentored by Rahul Dravid. India and Sri Lanka will square off against each other in 3 ODI’s and as likely T20I’s starting from July 13.
“I wanted to work with him and I am lucky that he is the coach. The young players have played under him for India A. So we want to work under him and pick his brain and want to understand how he manages things at that level for such a long time,” Bhuvneshwar Kumar said.
India tour of Sri Lanka: Recalling his early cricketing days, Kumar mentioned that he didn’t have much overlap with Rahul Dravid except for the few exchanges during the former’s time at NCA.
“I have played against him (Dravid) and he was a part of the RCB team just when I got inducted into the team. So I don’t have any such memories with him, but when I got to the NCA, we did had some chats,” Bhuvneshwar said.
India tour of Sri Lanka: ‘Vice-captaining team India is an honor and a responsibility,’ says Kumar
Kumar will serve the ‘Men in Blue’ not just with his swing bowling but also as vice-captain in the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. However, in all humility, the senior player mentioned that he has a big task in uplifting other players’ skills.
“Yes, on paper, it is my role (vice-captain), but I don’t think things will change,” Bhuvneshwar said on Star Sports’ Cricket Connected. “I think being a senior player my role is to do things that help other players in improving their skills and mental health. Being the vice-captain of Team India is an honour and a responsibility. So, I will try to continue doing the things that I have been doing and hope our team does well on this tour.”
India tour of Sri Lanka: Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s bowling stats against Sri Lanka
In his career, the 31-year-old has played 13 ODI matches against Sri Lanka and amassed 17 wickets. He has a phenomenal average- 4.55 bowling against the Lankans and holds 5/42 as his ODI best against the neighbors.
Kumar, however, has played just 2 T20I’s against the island country scalped only one wicket, and has an economy of 7.71.