Team India missed Bhuvneshwar Kumar during the World Test Championship (WTC) final after the fast bowlers failed to impress against the Kiwis. Barring Mohammed Shami, none of the Indian fast bowlers managed to take the advantage of the swing on offer at the Rose Bowl.
While Shami took four wickets in the first innings, he went wicketless in the second innings. Ishant took three wickets in the match, while Jasprit Bumrah failed to dismiss any batsman in the final.
Bhuvneshwar was not selected in the Test squad for the WTC final and the upcoming five-match Test series against England. He is with another Indian team that will take on Sri Lanka this month.
Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt questioned India’s decision to leave out Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the Test squad.
“I feel Bhuvneshwar Kumar should have been in India. After all, he is the best swing bowler India has. They didn’t even bring him along. The amount of swing and seam that was on offer on this pitch, he should have been there. The fast bowlers who played the final are all ‘hit the deck’ bowlers,” Butt said on Cricket Baaz with Waheed Khan.
He compared Bhuvi with England great James Anderson. Bhuvneshwar has 19 wickets to his name in Tests in England including two five-wicket hauls
“In terms of bowlers who release the bowlers and swing it, Bhuvneshwar… he comes in the same category as James Anderson. He is that kind of a bowler. So I thought he would have been better off but again, it’s their team. They know more about the players and think tanks. Perhaps they decided what was best for them. But I feel he should have been here and even now he should be a must for England Test,” said Butt.