Indian speedster Bhuvneshwar Kumar has expressed his gratitude for being named India’s vice captain for the white ball tour in Sri Lanka and looks forward to helping the youngsters refurbish their skills. Bhuvneshwar also said he feels lucky to work with Rahul Dravid as the team’s coach.
India are ready to play Sri Lanka in their bilateral series of limited fixtures when the tour starts on July 13 in Colombo, where One-Day International is played first.
31-year-old Bhuvneshwar Kumar, which has been named Shikhar DhawanSubstitute for the ODIs with three matches and so many T20Is to lead a team consisting of many fringe players is ready for the new role and the challenges it will bring him. Bhuvneshwar called it an honor to be India’s vice-captain and expressed that he is eager to help junior players improve their skills.
“Being the vice-captain of Team India is an honor and a responsibility. So I will try to keep doing the things that I have done and hope that our team does well on this tour, ”Bhuvneshwar told Start Sports.
“Yes, on paper it’s my role (vice captain), but I do not think things will change. I think being a senior player is my role in doing things that help other players improve their skills. and mental health, “he added.
The inexperienced Indian group is being coached by the legendary batsman and NCA director of cricket operations Rahul Dravid, who has personally worked with few of the young people over the past few years. Bhuvneshwar Kumar feels fortunate to work with Dravid and cites his personal experience with ‘The Wall’ at the NCA.
“I’m lucky he (Dravid) is the coach. The young players have played under him for India A. So we will work under him and choose his brain and will understand how he manages things at that level for such a long time , “said Bhuvneshwar.
“I played against him (Rahul Dravid) and he was part of the RCB team (Royal Challengers Bangalore) right when I was admitted to the team. So I do not have such memories with him, but when I got to the NCA (National Cricket Academy) we had some chats, ”he added.