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Ganguly credits Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli for including Bhuvneshwar Kumar for Eden Test

India Today logo India Today 02-10-2016
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the first Indian pacer to bag a 5 wicket haul at home in three years to bring the Kiwis to their knees at Eden Gardens. Former Indian skipper Sourav Gangly has credited the captain Kohli and coach Kumble for including Bhuvi in the playing XI for this crucial Test.

"You have got to give credit to the team management because they made that change after Nagpur. I had said before the start of this Test match that there is going to be help for the pacers on this surface. As soon as the Team Management saw a bit of grass on this pitch they got Bhuvi in who is the right kind of bowler for this surface. When you have pitches with grass I think it is important to put ball in the right areas and that is exactly what Bhuvneshwar Kumar did and that is how he got the purchase out of the surface", said the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal.

"You have got to give credit to the team management because they made that change after Nagpur. I had said before the start of this Test match that there is going to be help for the pacers on this surface. As soon as the Team Management saw a bit of grass on this pitch they got Bhuvi in who is the right kind of bowler for this surface. When you have pitches with grass I think it is important to put ball in the right areas and that is exactly what Bhuvneshwar Kumar did and that is how he got the purchase out of the surface", said the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal.

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Bhuvi sat on the sidelines in the opening match of the series in Kanpur and Sourav has credited Bhuvi for his temperament. Ganguly told India Today, "What stands out for me regarding Bhuvi is that every time he gets the chance he stands up. Think about the Test match in West Indies when they picked him for the 3rd Test after leaving him out of the first two, he came in and picked 5 wickets. Again they left him out and brought him back in Kolkata against New Zealand and he again got 5 wickets. It shows volumes of his attitude and volumes of his temperament and something which the other fast bowlers need to learn."

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Having sat out of the first 2 Test in the Caribbean, Bhuvi starred with a 5-wicket haul in Gros Islet to lead India to victory. He also finished in the West Indies series as India's most economical bowler. Former India spinner Nikhil Chopra believes Bhuvi must start for India in every Test. "If the ball swings fair enough, but the channel that he bowls on is incredible as he is always creating doubts in the batsman's mind and he does not give away freebees. He does not give width outside the off stump for the batsmen to free their arms. He has understood the good length area and always looks to hit the top of off-stump and that good length area changes for every pitch. He puts it in the corridor of uncertainty and is bowling like a seasoned pro. For me Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got to be there and play every Test for India", said Nikhil

Dada also credited the sporting Eden pitch. The last time an Indian pacer claimed a 5-for at home was also at Eden by Shami against the West Indies in 2013-14.

"I think Eden has a sporting wicket and this was the best we have had in the last 3 or 4 years. Shami got lot of wickets in 2013-14 at Eden and that had a lot to do with reverse swing. But this surface with the new ball there was bounce and carry and this will help spinners from Day 3 and Day 4. This is probably the best wicket we have had at Eden Gardens as we saw deliveries which continued to rise over Saha and you hardly get to see that in these sort of conditions. It is a wicket that has bounce, yes there were those deliveries which kept low because it is a new surface, but once it starts settling down it is going to be a consistently pacy pitch right throughout the Test match. It has been a good wicket as you need to put your head down to get runs on these sort of wickets", said Sourav.

Since his debut in 2013 Bhuveshwar Kumar has featured in 14 Tests for India. During this period Bhuvi has emerged as India's leading pacer in terms of both strike rate and average.

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