Hopeful of managing workload before World Cup, says Bhuvneshwar

Before the World Cup, there is the gruelling Indian Premier League (IPL) and it would be a challenge for the players to come out of it injury-free. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who will turn up for Sunrisers Hyderabad is hopeful of the franchises and the Board working out a way in terms of workload of the players.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, making a comeback into the squad in place of Siddarth Kaul, said workload management will be paramount for players going into the World Cup.   -  K.R. Deepak

In the backdrop of the ongoing series against Australia, there is a bigger focus — the World Cup starting in May. India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, making a comeback into the squad in place of Siddarth Kaul, said workload management will be paramount for players going into the big event.

Before the World Cup, there is the gruelling Indian Premier League (IPL) and it would be a challenge for the players to come out of it injury-free.

"That's there in our minds. It will come into play after six-seven matches and then we will know how to approach the second leg of IPL and what we need to do to remain fit for the World Cup," Bhuvneshwar said, on the eve of the third ODI in Ranchi on Thursday.

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However, Bhuvneshwar, who will turn up for Sunrisers Hyderabad is hopeful of the franchises and the Board working out a way in terms of workload of the players.

Recently, Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore said that there had been no communication from the BCCI with regards to workload management.

The Chairman of Selectors MSK Prasad had said that talks were on to chalk out a feasible plan for the players.

"I am sure they will cooperate with each and every player because World Cup is a very important thing for us and BCCI may also talk to them (IPL franchises)," he said.

Bhuvneshwar, however, said if he feels tired he opt for rest, but only after talking to the Sunrisers management. “There isn’t a surety for anything. Yes, it is something which is in my mind, if I feel that I am tired, then I will take rest, of course, it is upto the franchise.”

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In the recent past, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneswar have been a potent opening bowling combination for India. "If he is taking wickets, I try to contain and if I am taking wickets, he contains. Moreover, as a bowling unit we make it a point to bowl in a partnership," Bhuvneshwar, said, on bowling in tandem with Bumrah.

The speedster also stressed on why having an in-form and experienced Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the side is so important. "It's very important that he returns to form because when he's in form, he knows how to handle situations and players coming after him know how to approach the game. His experience and form is very important for India."

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