Aakash Chopra believes Team India are definitely missing the services of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the World Test Championship (WTC) final. The former Indian batsman feels that the right-arm pacer could have contributed in multiple aspects.
Although the Indian pacers have kept a check on the flow of runs in New Zealand’s first innings, their lack of swing has attracted some criticism. Chopra, in a video shared on his YouTube channel, said India are definitely feeling the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
“India is definitely missing Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He has three special aspects as well. Firstly, he does magic with the new ball. Secondly, he bowls the long spells. And the third thing is that he can bat as well. He could have done everything for Team India,” he said.
The cricketer-turned-commentator also pointed out that ‘Bhuvi’ could have played the out-and-out swing bowler’s role like his Kiwi counterparts. He added that Ishant Sharma is the only Indian bowler to get some decent swing, while Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are relying more on seam movement.
“Swinging conditions can only be utilized if the ball leaves your hand accordingly. We saw Colin de Grandhomme getting a lot of swing, then Southee, Jamieson, and Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma is still somewhere close but the other two are far behind. They don’t swing the ball, they are seam bowlers,” he added.
Bhuvnehwar Kumar enjoyed his time during India’s 2014 tour of England. He took 19 wickets in the five Tests and also scored 247 runs with the bat, including three half-centuries.
While highlighting that swing bowling is a different art, signed off by stating that both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar should have been in India’s scheme of things for the UK tour.