I look upto how Bhuvi bowls with responsibility across all three formats: Khaleel Ahmed

I look upto how Bhuvi bowls with responsibility across all three formats: Khaleel Ahmed

Khaleel who had a terrible outing in the 1st T20I made a comeback in the second game.

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Khaleel Ahmed. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The second T20 International between Australia and India at the MCG was abandoned due to rain. India did well to restrict Australia in the earlier stages of the game. That advantage had a lot to do with how pacer Khaleel Ahmed bowled. The hosts did score some quick runs before rain intervened and spoiled the rest of the match. The target was revised several times with fewer overs but rain came back each time play was about to resume and the umpires finally had to call it off.

Khaleel used the opportunity to make up for his poor bowling at the Gabba. Though he went for 19 runs in his last over, he was quite fluent in his first spell. The left-arm medium pacer also picked up a couple of wickets at the start of the innings. In the post-match conference, Khaleel spoke about the conditions in Australia. He also shared his experience bowling with the senior-pro Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

You cannot relax against a team like Australia

Khaleel who made his debut in the Asia Cup asserted that the conditions are quite different here. Also the fact that India didn’t play practice games before the T20Is, he found it difficult to adjust. The hosts fought back well in the 2nd T20I after being reduced to 74/6 and Khaleel acknowledged the same.

“Conditions are different here. It isn’t easy to figure out which line or length is the best option here. If you don’t have ample practice sessions and then suddenly play T20 matches where batsmen own the game, it is a bit difficult. And you cannot even get relaxed against a team like Australia. They fight until the end as their lower order showed today.” the 20-year-old said after the abandoned game.

I look up to how Bhuvi

For a change, it was Khaleel who took the new ball alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar yesterday. The two have spent ample time in the SunRisers Hyderabad dressing room. He admires Bhuvi for bowling with responsibility across all the three formats of the game and with such consistency.

“I have learnt three things – professionalism, maturity and responsibility from the senior bowlers and support staff. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a strike bowler at the moment and leads the team with responsibility that he needs to take wickets. He bowls to a particular line and length. This is something you get to learn from him – how to bowl with so much responsibility as he plays all formats,” he stated.

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