India's new ball bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar who has been in fine form has credited India bowling coach Bharat Arun for his improved performance with the ball.
Swing has been Bhuvneshwar's forte but in recent years, India's strike bowler in ODI cricket had lost his ability to swing the ball after adding extra pace. However, Bhuvneshwar has found his mojo back and thanked Bharat for helping him bounce back.
"He is somebody who manages bowlers really well. At this level you don't want to get too much into the technique. He sometimes pinpoints certain things which can really improve your bowling.
For example, I increased my pace but I lost my swing. I did not know how to go about it. "So he shared some fine points that helped me get my swing back. His role in the team is invaluable," he said.
"As a player, I feel I have grown in the past couple of years. I have improved my pace without losing on the swing. That is something I am really happy about. In batting also I have improved a bit," he added.
Talking about the series decider, Bhuvneshwar said the Kanpur ODI will be another high-pressure encounter.
"We have not been challenged like this in a while and it is a short series. So there was pressure in the last game that we could lose the series (having lost the first match). But the way we came back shows the character of the team. Tomorrow's match is also about handling pressure. We will try to play like we played the last game," Bhuvneshwar said.
Asked about the approach in a three-match series compared to a longer one, Bhuvneshwar said, "It is a short series but mental approach is the same as any other series. But as I said, we have not been challenged in a while at home, so everyone is looking forward to the challenge."
Bhuvneshwar further remarked that playing against familiar foes like New Zealand can work both ways. Most of the top Kiwi players feature in the IPL including captain Kane Williamson and Trent Boult, who have been Bhuvneshwar's teammates at Sunrisers Hyderabad.
"Last series I played against New Zealand the planning was easy, it is the same for them also. Knowing them well and vice versa makes planning tougher. So it is a positive as well as a negative," he signed off.