Want to help others in improving their skills and mental health: Bhuvneshwar

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06 Jul 2021 | 07:19 AM
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Want to help others in improving their skills and mental health: Bhuvneshwar

The vice-captain for the tour of Sri Lanka is also excited to work with Rahul Dravid

Senior India speedster and vice-captain for the tour of Sri Lanka, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is excited to play under head coach Rahul Dravid and feels his role as Shikhar Dhawan's deputy would be to help other players in "improving their skills and mental health" during the upcoming limited-overs series.

In the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli and the main side, who are currently touring England, Dhawan will lead India in the series starting July 13. India are scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20Is in Colombo.

"Yes, on paper, it is my role (vice-captain), but I don't think things will change. I think being a senior player my role is to do things that help other players in improving their skills and mental health," Bhuvneshwar told Star Sports show Cricket Connected.

"I have played against him (Rahul Dravid) and he was a part of the RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) team just when I got inducted into the team. So, I don't have any such memories with him, but when I got to the NCA (National Cricket Academy), we did have some chats."

Bhuvneshwar said he would look to pick Dravid's brain. "I am lucky that he (Dravid) is the coach. The young players have played under him for India A. So, we want to work under him and pick his brain and want to understand how he manages things at that level for such a long time.

"Being the vice-captain of Team India is an honour and a responsibility. So, I will try to continue doing the things that I have been doing and hope our team does well on this tour."

The 31-year-old right-arm seamer has so far played 21 Tests, 116 ODIs and 48 T20Is and picked up close to 250 wickets in international cricket.

(With inputs from PTI)

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