Bhuvneshwar admits the Hong Kong game was a wake-up call for India
India completed their dominance in the Asia Cup by defeating Bangladesh by three wickets in the finals. The team lifted the trophy for the seventh time after playing some fabulous cricket. Indian pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar decoded the success of the team and revealed that the match against Hong Kong was a wake-up call for the team.
After winning a close game against Hong Kong, India defeated Pakistan twice with ease and routed Bangladesh. India then tied up with Afghanistan in the last match of Super Four stage of Asia Cup.
India survived a scare by Hong Kong in the tournament opener
India locked horns against Hong Kong in the first match of the Asia Cup. After scoring 285 runs in 50 overs, India were pushed on the back-foot by a sensational opening partnership between Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath who added 174 runs for the first wicket. But India somehow crawled back in the game and won the contest by 26 runs.
Bhuvneshwar was speaking with the media after India won the last-ball thriller against Bangladesh to clinch the trophy. Bhuvi said that the Hong Kong game was a wake-up call. He further added that After that game he was really happy.
The pace bowler pointed out that on these wickets you need to force mistakes from the batsmen. According to Bhuvi, consistency with line and length is the key here. In the match against Hong Kong Bhuvi leaked 50 runs in nine overs and failed to pick any wickets. But in the next four innings, he claimed six wickets and gave away just 3.81 runs per over.
India crowned Asia Cup champions for the seventh time
After the Asia Cup game, India upped the ante and produced some high-quality cricket to rout Pakistan twice in the tournament. India also surpassed a spirited and disciplined Bangladesh to win the Asia Cup title for a record seventh time.