Necessary for Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to do well if India want to win T20 WC: Aakash Chopra
The 31-year-old was also adjudged as the Man of the Match in the series-decider as he returned with the figures of 4-0-15-2.
Updated - Mar 21, 2021 5:06 pm
The five-match T20I series between India and England marked a sensational comeback of India’s celebrated pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is known for rattling the opposition batsmen with his swing and pace. Bhuvi was away from the Indian set-up for more than a year owing to his injury concern.
Though the right-arm quick wasn’t successful in taking wickets for the team at regular intervals throughout the series, he managed to put a halt to the flow of the runs. In five games, Kumar picked just 4 wickets while bowling at an economy rate of 6.38, which was the best among all the bowlers across the two teams.
The 31-year-old was also adjudged as the Man of the Match in the series-decider as he returned with the figures of 4-0-15-2. Bhuvneshwar scalped the two important wickets of opposition opening batsmen namely Jos Buttler and Jason Roy. Renowned Indian commentator Aakash Chopra seemed impressed with Bhuvi as he hailed praises on the bowler saying that after this series, one can proudly say that Bhuvi is back.
Chopra also believes that the pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be a vital cog if India wants to win the T20 World Cup, to be hosted by BCCI later this year in India. “One hundred percent. If India has to win the 2021 World Cup, it is necessary for Bumrah and Bhuvi to do well. Bumrah is evergreen, he did not have any injury issue. He has been bowling well and his workload is being managed,” said Chopra on Star Sports.
The way Bhuvneshwar Kumar swung the ball has been a big plus point: Parthiv Patel
“We were waiting eagerly when Bhuvi will come, the ball will swing and he will take the wickets. He might have taken only four wickets in the series, today he took two wickets but his bowling was sensational and we can say that Bhuvi is back,” he added
Further, former wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel reckoned that Bhuvneshwar Kumar moving the ball both ways was one of the biggest positives for Team India from the five T20 Internationals against England.
“The way Bhuvneshwar Kumar swung the ball has been a big plus point of the series. When it is a 225-run match where the opposition team is making 190 runs, there to concede just 15 runs in four overs and a wicket at the crucial time,” said Patel.