ENG vs IND 2018: Sachin Tendulkar believes Bhuvneshwar Kumar's all-round ability will be handful

The master blaster thinks India has a great chance of winning in England.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has shown substantial ability with the bat in overseas conditions. (Getty)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to be India's premier fast bowler during the long and grueling tour of England but according to Sachin Tendulkar, it is the overall package that includes his substantial batting ability that will immensely valuable to Virat Kohli's men. 

Bhuvneshwar has shown decent ability with his secondary skill down the order in overseas conditions. He consistently made crucial contributions in England in 2014 and recently in South Africa and it is this ability that has made the Master Blaster take notice. 

Tendulkar recently gave his views about India's chances this time and said that this young fast bowling attack that India has, is "the most complete fast-bowling attack in many many years" and its a "luxury" that the sides in the 90s, in which Tendulkar played, didn't have. 

He said, "This is the most complete fast-bowling attack that India have had in many many years. In my assessment, this attack would go as one of the best. I think the team management would have to assess which opposition batsman is comfortable against what kind of bowling. There will be a few, who would play the swing bowling well and some will have the technique of dealing with deliveries that move off the pitch. You have to pick the team accordingly,"

"The current India team is constantly looking at seamers, who can contribute with the bat big time. I think these two guys (Bhuvneshwar and Hardik) have contributed crucial runs every now and then. Hardik has just got into the side but I think Bhuvi contributing brilliantly and that contribution changes the balance of the team in a positive manner, It's good to have batsmen who can bowl four-five overs but even better if we have bowlers, who can score those crucial runs. The kind of contributions that can help you move forward,"

Sachin, who has an excellent record in England having himself toured in 1990,1996, 2002, 2007, 2011, mentioned how the weather plays a big part for a touring team in the United Kingdom. 

"I think there should be good wickets. It also depends on the kind of summer they have. No one wants to play in wet and cold conditions. I am expecting good bright summer conducive for good cricket, I think going early will prove to be an advantage. By the time the Test series starts, India would have spent five weeks in England with lot of match practice. It would help the team to get into the groove," 

(Inputs from Cricket Next)


By Kashish Chadha - 25 Jun, 2018

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