Heartening to see Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah get wickets on slow pitch: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia bounced back to win the second ODI by six wickets in Pune to level the three-match series 1-1, thanks to some thorough professional performances from Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the ball and later, Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik with bat.India captain, Virat Kohli was all praise for the bowlers, namely Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Burmah, for their splendid opening spell. The pair cleaned up the New Zealand top-order, sharing five wickets between them.”Pretty good game for us today, exactly what we spoke at toss time. We thought the wicket will play slower during the day, and better during the evening. That’s how it was,” Kohli said at the post match presentation.”Bowlers were really clinical today and fielders as well. Both those guys are coming along nicely (Bhuvi and Bumrah),” said Kohli added.Before the start of the match, in a major expose, India Today TV caught Pune pitch curator Padnurang Salgaonkar on camera, promising a 340-run surface at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.Two of India Today’s undercover reporters, posing as bookies, caught Salgaonkar on tape. The curator assured the reporters that the pitch would yield 337 runs and the target would be easily chaseable.He also said he could tamper the pitch to suit the needs of a particular team. Soon after the sting operation aired on India Today and Aaj Tak on Wednesday morning, BCCI and MCA swung into action.”They know they’re going to start more often than not. Today, with the wicket being slow, it was heartening to see them getting wickets in conventional ways,” Kohli said. (India Today’s Operation CricketGate: Ball in ICC’s court after Pune pitch controversy)advertisementBhuvneshwar and Bumrah chipped away with regular wickets while the spinners including part-timer Kedhar Jadhav never allowed the Kiwis to build any kind of momentum, as New Zealand managed only 230/9 in their alotted 50 overs.Kohli also praised his batsmen as they stuck to their task and saw out the small total with relative ease.”Dhawan has been playing really well. He’s pretty confident at the moment. Dinesh as well, getting some crucial runs for himself as well as the team.”He now wants to shift his focus to the ODI series decider in Kanpur, saying, “I look forward to challenges. We spoke about bouncing back, and we have bounced back here today. Would look to play a similar sort of game in Kanpur as well.”last_img read more