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I didn’t realize pace is something that needs to be added: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

May 28, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Bhuvneshwar Kumar made his international debut during the 2012/13 white-ball series against Pakistan. the 31-year-old impressed everyone with his ability to swing the ball both ways. After breaking into the Indian team scene, Bhuvneshwar used to bowl around 120kph. However, the batsmen soon adjusted to his swing and started lining him up. The Indian pacer soon realized that he really needs to work on his speed. But Bhuvneshwar had no idea about increasing his pace without compromising on his ability to swing the ball. Bhuvneshwar Kumar then added some extra pace, and he bowled around 135kph consistently. This helped the pacer in keeping the batsman guessing.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar anticipated playing the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was recently excluded from the Test squad for the ICC WTC Final and five-match Test series in England. His omission from the Test squad has raised several questions. However, a new report claims that the seamer doesn't want to play Test cricket anymore. Bhuvneshwar Kumar stated that he only wants to focus on white-ball cricket for the time being. Kumar has featured in only 21 Tests, where he has scalped 63 wickets. His last Test appearance was during India's 63-run victory against South Africa in the Johannesburg match in early 2018. Back then, the bowler returned with the Man-of-the-Match award, with 63 runs and 4 wickets overall. Although he is not part of the Test tour to England, Kumar is anticipated to play the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka.

The Uttar Pradesh bowler recently made a tremendous international comeback during the white-ball series against England. In three ODIs, he claimed six wickets at an average of 22.90. He also picked up four scalps in five T20Is at 28.75. However, the 31-year-old could not bowl much in IPL 2021 for Sunrisers Hyderabad as a minor injury kept him out of the last few matches of the now-postponed tournament. Bhuvneshwar Kumar's omission from the Test squad was surprising because of his impressive bowling record in the English conditions. During the 2014 England tour, he claimed 19 wickets from five matches. This is the most by any Indian bowler in a series on English soil. His brilliant efforts also included a career-best 6/82 at Lord's that led team India to their only win in the series.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth