I am not thinking long term, Dhoni tells us to live in the present: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

The Meerut lad won his first Man of the Match award in ODIs. His 2 for 19 broke the back of the Pakistani top order in Edgbaston on Saturday.

Updated: June 16, 2013 01:30 IST
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Birmingham: Young pace sensation Bhuvneshwar Kumar says he is still not good enough to spearhead India's bowling attack. With India scheduled to play multiple Test series in conditions that will suit quickies, Kumar wants to just live by the day. (Match report)

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"I am still learning and speaking to the seniors. It's too early to look into the future and say I am going to spearhead India's bowling attack. I will like to take one match at a time," Kumar, who got his maiden ODI Man of the Match award, said. (Blog - London Dairy: Asian solidarity at Edgbaston)

Kumar (2/19) produced his best bowling performance against Pakistan in ODIs, bettering the two for 27 at Chennai on December 30, 2012. This was also his best in Champions Trophy. Kumar picked the crucial wickets of Nasir Jamshed and Mohammed Hafeez in a rain-hit contest.

The pacer said he was never in awe of the Pakistan batsmen. "Swing is my main weapon. All bowlers depend on movement and I am no exception. Whether it's Pakistan or any other team, the approach is the same.

"We went in today quite confident of our abilities. We won two matches as a team and we had a lot of belief in our batting, bowling and fielding," Kumar explained.

The lanky pacer said there were no special plans against Pakistan. "As a new ball bowler, it's my job to stick to the basics. But it's true that the ball is not swinging as much as I thought it would in English conditions. The bounce has been good, though," the 23-year-old from Meerut said.

Kumar, like most youngsters in this Indian team, thanked captain MS Dhoni for keeping the pressure off the squad here in UK. "He is cool and calculated. He wants us to forget the past and live in the present. This really helps prepare for a match," Kumar said.

Kumar has been bowling long and effective spells with the new ball and he feels Dhoni is getting the best out of him.

"In English conditions the new ball is expected to swing and I feel the captain wants to get the best out of me. I have been doing this quite regularly in India too," Kumar told reporters after India's emphatic eight-wicket win against Pakistan at Edgbaston.

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