New Delhi: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was picked for the Test series against Australia on Sunday, says that he is ready to face the rigours of Test cricket and will do his best to prove his credentials in the longer version of the game.
"I'm prepared for the challenges. Having played the ODIs, I have an idea about what international cricket is like. Obviously, Test cricket won't be like the ODIs, but I'm ready for the challenge, mentally and physically," Kumar was quoted as by BangaloreMirror.
Kumar said although he was not sure about this Test selection, he was hoping for that to happen. "I don't know if I was sure of my Test selection but I would be lying if I say I was not hoping for this," he said. "Hope was there because I'm feeling confident of doing well. Having done well in the ODIs recently, I thought it would be the right time for me to have a go in the Tests as well."
Kumar, in his short career of 8 ODIs and 2 T20 internationals, impressed one and all with his swing bowling in the limited-overs series against Pakistan and England recently. But the 23-year-old said he would still like to add more pace to his bowling. "I'm working on my bowling. I'm trying to add a few more yards to my pace," Kumar added.
Kumar is no stranger to bowling long spells, MS Dhoni made him bowl ten overs on the trot on some occasions. And Kumar said he would do it even in Test matches if required so. "I'm no stranger to bowling long spells. I've done that in the Ranji Trophy and even in the ODIs I did that. Ten overs at a stretch is a long spell. So, that should not be a problem," he said.
But bowling on the Indian pitches which offer minimal assistance to pace bowlers, Kumar, who has taken 149 wicket in 46 first-class matches at an average of 26, said his experience of playing domestic cricket for five years would help him. "I know it is not easy to be a fast bowler in India as the pitches here are not suitable for the pacers. But having played five years in domestic cricket, I know what it takes to get wickets on Indian pitches."
And the Uttar Pradesh lad is mature enough to understand his limitations and said he would not overdo things. "I'm not overdoing things. I know my strength which is swing and seam and I will not try anything that would weaken my strong point," he said.
He also conceded that India would need to bring their A game if they want to overcome the Aussie challenge. "No opposition is weak. Australia, England or Pakistan, all are equally tough. We have to be at our best to have a chance of success [against Australia]," he concluded.