Senior India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is also the vice-captain on the Sri Lanka tour, says that though the squad is quite young and inexperienced, the youngsters have had a taste of the IPL and have performed under the pressure in the IPL.
As many as six players – Devdutt Padikkal, Chetan Sakaria, Nitish Rana, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Varun Chakravarthy – linked up with the national squad for the first time in their careers. However, all of them have showcased their skills and quality in the IPL, and that success has helped them majorly earn a national call-up.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar reckons the youngsters are coming of an impressive IPL season, which was suspended mid-way, and will gain plenty of confidence if they do well against Sri Lanka.
“We have good players and they have experience of IPL, they are young but they have experience of IPL, playing T20 for so many years and they have done well for their teams,” Bhuvneshwar Kumar said on the Star Sport show ‘Follow the Blues.’
“So, it will be beneficial for the team that they will carry the confidence of IPL and they are young and talented, there is a good mix with the experienced players and this will be a good tour.”
“Young players who have come for their first tour and came after doing well in IPL so if they do well here then it will be great for their confidence,” he added.
Team India, which will be captained by Shikhar Dhawan, takes on Sri Lanka in a 3-match ODI series, starting July 18, followed by 3 T20Is.
My focus was to get fit and make a comeback: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar himself recently made his long-awaited comeback to international cricket in the home limited-overs matches against England. The 31-year-old was on a long injury layoff since last year and made a successful return to the side helping India win the T20I and the ODI series.
The pacer reveals that he had planned to first play domestic matches before the international game – he played in white-ball matches before the England series.
“When I was almost recovered, domestic cricket was going on as well. So my focus was to get fit and make a comeback and then I started the preparation for the match.
“Before the England series, I played domestic cricket, so that it helps me get the required match practice. One shouldn’t take things lightly while playing domestic cricket and that kept me motivated to play for India and to stay fit,” he stated.