Indian fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar said playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad was a turning point in his career. During that time he learned to deal with pressure in death overs. He said this is in a show ‘Cricketbaazi’ hosted by former Indian cricketer Deep Das Gupta.
Bhuvneshwar said that he was always capable of throwing Yorkers. But after playing for Sunrisers in 2014 he learned to throw Yorkers under pressure in death overs. In 2014 he played 14 matches for his IPL franchise, bowling in death overs changed his career.
I try to detach myself from the result: Bhuvneshwar
In a conversation with ESPNcriinfo he said that he uses Dhoni’s technique, “Like M.S. Dhoni, I try to detach myself from the result and focus on small things, which I also refer to as a process. And this helps in getting the desired outcome. During IPL when I had a couple of good seasons, I was in this ‘zone’. I was so focused on my process, that the result had become secondary. And the results were positive.”
What goes through his mind under pressure situations
On dealing with pressure and bowling in the death overs he threw some light on what goes through his mind. If I am bowling the last over to Andre Russell and I have to defend 14 runs, the first thing I’ll think of is the ground that I am bowling at and its dimensions. Then I’ll plan where I want to bowl to him and hope he misses a ball or mistimes his shot. He is the kind of batsman, against whom your luck matters a lot,” said the Indian fast bowler.
Advice for young bowlers during pressure situations
He gave some tips and advice to the young aspiring bowlers, “In international cricket, you know the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition batsmen. I keep thinking about the process and how to exploit his weakness. My focus is set and it helps me execute my plan.”