Bhuvneshwar Kumar has had a dream run in England so far. After scoring twin fifties and pocketing a maiden fifer at Trent Bridge, the Uttar Pradesh all-rounder was at the helm again, snaring four wickets at Lord's in the second Test between England and India. (Scorecard | Day 2 Highlights)
Kumar, who has so far taken nine wickets in the series, said the Indian bowlers tried to bowl every ball on the stumps: "We learnt from the England bowlers and tried to bowl every ball on the stumps," he said after finishing with 4/46 on the second day.
Kumar struck twice before lunch and once each in the next two sessions as the Lord's Test remained wide open despite a gritty hundred by Gary Ballance (110). It was Kumar who removed the centurion with the new ball towards the close of day's play as India fought back after a 98-run stand for the fifth wicket between Ballance and Moeen Ali (32). England ended Day 2 at 219/6, still trailing India by 76 runs. (Day 2 Report: Bhuvneshwar Leads India Fightback After Ballance Ton)
Kumar is realising his true potentinal as an all-rounder in the series. Not just with the ball, the 24-year-old has been useful with the bat too, with scores of 58, 63 not out and 36 from the three innings so far. Batting at the Lord's wicket for a considerable amount of time also helped his bowling, said a level-headed Kumar.
"I understood the conditions better when I came out to bowl. I got the idea of the wicket and it certainly helped me. The pitch here (at Lord's) is really helpful but it was slow in the last session and the ball was not really coming on to the bat."
After taking his maiden fifer on a dead surface at Trent Bridge, it was no surprise that Kumar was the best of the pack on a much livelier Lord's surface and it would be no suprise if he runs through the England side on the third day.