Cape Town - India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar said he enjoys bowling in
"tough situations" after achieving career-best figures in the first
T20I against South Africa at the Wanderers on Sunday.
Kumar took 5-24 in his four overs as the tourists went
one-nil up in the three-match series with a 28-run victory in Johannesburg.
The right-arm seamer, who has enhanced his reputation on
this tour, revealed how he had to mix up his pace to keep the home batsmen
Kumar said after the game: "I enjoy bowling in tough
situations. What I was trying to do is bring about change of pace in my
bowling. I just varied my pace because I knew it wouldn't be easy to hit the
"The important thing is how you mix your deliveries in
accordance with the nature of the pitch.
"For instance, we bowled a lot of slower balls today.
It was a part of our strategy on this wicket - to do away with pace and make it
difficult for batsmen to score.
"Apart from line and length, it's important to
understand how you want to mix your deliveries. It matters."
The 28-year-old, who was India's best bowler in the
three-match Test series - which the tourists lost two-one - said they took a
lot of confidence from winning the last game in the longest format.
India have since romped to five-one win in the six-match ODI
series and will be strong favourites to wrap up the three-match T20I series in
Centurion on Wednesday.
Kumar added: "We lost the first two Test matches and
then we came back. The momentum was on our side and we made it count.
"Credit has to go to us for the way we have performed
in every department."