Sachin Tendulkar’s wicket made me confident: Bhuvneshwar Kumar


Indian fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a chat with his Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner on an Instagram Live Session, which has been named ‘Warner’s corner’.

Warner asked the 21 Tests and 114 ODIs old seamer from Meerut as to when he decided to play for India, and how he motivated himself to aspire to play for India amidst the fierce competition in first class Cricket, to which the seamer replied, “You always start cricket on the streets in India. That’s where you get the passion from. When I got selected in the first-class cricket team, that’s when the dream began. I always wanted to play for India, but did not know whether I will get a chance.”

“I kept working hard and things got my way. It’s difficult to get a chance amid such a huge population, but dreams come true. It’s hard for me to pin where the passion came from, but I think it’s within,” he added.

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Warner then brought up the incident when Bhuvneshwar dismissed Sachin Tendulkar for the only duck in his Ranji Trophy career. To that, Bhuvneshwar replied, “It was Sachin’s only duck in Ranji Trophy at the time. If a new kid can today get Virat out on zero, on not on zero, it will just boost their confidence. So, yeah, that’s what happened with me. After his wicket, it made me so confident, when I was bowling to anyone, I felt that I can get them out.”

Bhuvneshwar was a new comer in the 2008/09 season, playing for Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy. The 19-year-old fast bowler realised his dream of dismissing Sachin Tendulkar in the 14th delivery of his spell. He was obviously overjoyed, to say the least, and it was quite evident from how he celebrated the wicket.

Bhuvneshwar later said that it took a long time to sink in that he had actually taken the wicket of the ‘Master Blaster’. It was a beautiful inswinger which Tendulkar had a problem dealing with. It took the inside half of the bat and hit the pads before it ballooned straight in the air and the fielder stationed at the deep short-leg position completed a terrific catch.