The Lord’s cricket ground has been a happy hunting ground for the veteran Indian fast bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and now he is looking to re-write the history books by playing in the ICC Cricket Men’s World Cup 2019 final on July 14 at the famed ground. He was one of the crucial architects of India’s first Test win at Lord’s in 24 years taking 6/82 and scoring a memorable 52 under MS Dhoni’s captaincy. India had won their first World Cup on June 25, 1983, by defeating the then two-time defending champions West Indies at the same venue.
As per the quotes in Bhuvneshwar said, “I have been here two or three times but I always like coming back to play in England. It would mean a lot to get to go back to Lord’s for the final of the World Cup. Lord’s is always a special place, not just for me but for any cricketer. I have very good memories there, so if we reach the final it will be a very big moment for not just me but for the whole team.”
However, India’s performance during the warm-up games ICC World Cup 2019 warm-up matches has been a mixed bag. They lost the first game against New Zealand at Kennington Oval, London but went on to register a huge win of 95 runs against Bangladesh at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, three days later.
Bhuvneshwar was expensive against New Zealand, giving away 27 runs in four overs but against Bangladesh, he conceded just 19 runs in five overs. He, however, failed to pick up any wicket in the two warm-up matches.
The Indian pacer termed India’s win against Bangladesh a “really good performance”. He said, “We got everything we wanted out of the match; when it comes to batting, bowling and fielding. You don’t think much about the results when it comes to practice matches, you focus on what you can get out of the game. You get a lot of confidence from having that score on the board. There’s always extra belief when you go bowling. In these kinds of wickets, these are flat batting wickets so you want to keep it tight and let the batsmen make mistakes.”
India will be commencing their World Cup campaign against South Africa who has lost both their matches of the tournaments till now. While the South Africans faced a huge loss against the hosts England in the tournament opener on May 30 by 104 runs, they found Bangladesh too hot to handle as they ended up losing the game by 21 runs.