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India pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar believes that his side will be ready for the tough challenges that await them when they tour England and Australia later this year.
India were beaten 2-1 in their most recent Test series against South Africa, but despite losing the first two Tests, the tourists bounced back to claim a consolation win in the third Test in Johannesburg.
The win at the Wanderers seemed to ignite a spark within the Indian camp as they proceeded to claim their first-ever bilateral ODI series win in South Africa after thrashing the Proteas 5-1. They also won the Twenty20 series 2-1 to end their tour on a high.
“We don’t want to be too greedy and we are happy with these two trophies. Hopefully next time we will win all the three trophies,” Kumar was quoted as saying by NDTV. “This tour has been brilliant, particularly talking about [the] Test series. Yes we lost two matches, but they were very close.
“We could have also lost 3-0 or won 2-1 instead. But it gives us confidence in whatever way we have played, and we are ready to go to England and Australia, and do better there.”
There was a lot of controversy when Kumar wasn’t picked for the second Test against South Africa in Centurion and India captain Virat Kohli was heavily criticised after India lost the match, especially as it also wrapped up a series win for the Proteas.
Speaking about being dropped for the match, Kumar said: “I don’t know about that (not playing in second Test). I don’t want to go back to the Tests, or why I didn’t play. It’s all about team effort. If you talk about that match, there were bowlers who could bowl brilliantly in those conditions.”
While Kumar sidestepped the question about why he didn’t play in the second Test, he was more than happy to touch on the fact that his side will be looking for revenge when they travel to South Africa for their next Test series.
“Of course, we want to win the Test series (here in South Africa next time) but it won’t be easy,” he admitted. “We have done well this time but there is no guarantee that it will be the same next time. We might win all the three series but we might lose all. When we come again we will start afresh.”