Bhuvneshwar Kumar's new version

I have read and written a lot about Bhuvneshwar Kumar. From his arrival into international cricket to his wicket taking abilities, this young lad was touted for a big inning in international cricket from the very first ball. However, there were worries whether he could sustain the pressure of international cricket. He started with a bang but there were still some immaturity in his bowling. The 23 year old bowler had a knack of giving loose deliveries in between which some time forced Dhoni to complete his overs in the early stages of an innings. To his credit, he learned from his mistakes and is now bowling with complete control. Despite being new in the team, he has taken over from Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav as the new spearhead of team India’s bowling unit. The best part about his bowling is his upright wrist which allows him to swing the ball both ways.

He is a dangerous customer with the new ball and this was pretty well understood by the most dangerous batsman of modern day cricket, Chris Gayle, who was dismissed by him in one of the matches of the Champions Trophy. Chris Gayle was blazing all guns but he was undone by a clever delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. There was hardly any assistance for fast bowlers from the wicket in the Champions Trophy but Kumar proved crucial for team India. He took six wickets in the tournament and had an outstanding economy rate of 3.91. This is enough to demonstrate that he has worked hard on his weaknesses. After the Champions Trophy, he carried his form to the Caribbean, where his team was involved in a tri-series along with host West Indies and Sri Lanka recently. There again he showed his class bagging the man-of-theseries award for his 10-wicket haul in the series which India won after beating Sri Lanka in the finale. The bowler who relies mostly on swing is getting better day by day. He played an extremely crucial role in helping India enter the final with his four-wicket burst against Sri Lanka in a must-win game. He gave away only eight runs in that clash, recording one of the most economical spells by an Indian bowler. This performance was preceded by a 3-29 in the game against the West Indies. The dangerous Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard were his victims and needless to say had the trio hung around, the hosts could have won easily. Apart from being the joint highest wicket taker with Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath, he had the best strike-rate (17.4), the best average (9.70) and the best economy in the tri-series (3.34). He outperformed the likes of Kemar Roach, Lasith Malinga and Sunil Narine. His good form with the bowl has helped him in the ODI rankings as well. Bhuvneshwar had a jump of 29 places to reach the top 20 bowlers in the world rankings.

The best part about him is that he bowls from close to the stump which keeps the ball in line with the stumps and the batsman is left with no choice apart from playing his swinging deliveries. He is blessed with a habit of hitting the right length time and again. This has fetched him lot of wickets in the recent months. Unlike his on-field antics, the new sensation of Indian bowling is very innocent off-field. His coach Vipin Vats recently revealed a very touching story about his disciple in an interview with Mumbai Mirror. Bhuvneshwar recently called up his coach to seek his advice on something personal. “Bhuvi said a girl called him and is, you know, saying things that cricketers normally get”, Vats told the paper. “He asked what should I do sir?’, and I realize I have to give him the talk.” In this world of glamour and money, he is one cricketer who is unaware about the worldly affairs but this is not stopping him from seeking the advice of his coach. Vats told him to concentrate on his cricket rather than thinking too much about such things. This kind of innocence has made him successful in his short stint in international cricket. He is not afraid of taking opinion about anything which could affect his career in the long run. I wish he keep this attitude throughout his career as Team India really need someone like him in the bowling department.


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