India’s fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has not been able to deliver his best performance for the last few years, but in the recent T20 series against New Zealand, he did well and lived up to the trust of new T20 captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid. Bhuvneshwar has been in and out of the Indian cricket team because of his fitness. Even after making a comeback, he did not perform up to his standards and was failing to excel with the ball as well.
The team selected for T20 had players like Harshal Patel and Avesh Khan, who performed very well for their team in IPL 2021, but Dravid and Sharma’s confidence can be seen to pick Bhuvi ahead of them in the first match. Showing some signs of a return to form in the T20I series, the 31-year-old fast bowler bowled a fine delivery to Kiwi opener Daryl Mitchell, who had batted brilliantly in the just-concluded World Cup.
This beautiful delivery took everyone by surprise and brought back memories of the series against Pakistan in 2012 where Bhuvi made his debut and dismissed the Pakistan batsmen. When a cricketer goes through a bad phase of his career, he needs support, especially from his captain and coach. At the same time, Rohit had said about him that he can do well for India in the coming days.
Against New Zealand, India’s captain Rohit and coach Rahul Dravid have said that they will play a big role in allowing players to play fearless cricket and try to instill confidence even when they don’t, which may lead to different results. . Rohit had said, ‘There is a need to give full opportunity to the players so that they can give their best performance. It is not that by giving them a chance in some matches, they are not allowed to play again, nothing will happen to it. Former T20 captain Virat Kohli also backed the pacer, praising Bhuvi’s economy rate ahead of the World Cup.
Despite Kohli’s support, the veteran bowler was dropped from India’s playing XI after just one match. Bhuvneshwar, who was the Purple Cap holder for two consecutive IPL seasons 2016 and 2017, took only three wickets at an average of 54 in six matches during the second phase of IPL 2021 in the UAE. His economy rate of 7.97 was his worst performance in an IPL season. However, his good performance in the recently concluded T20I series against New Zealand will give him a lot of confidence.
The cricketer’s good form and fitness is a positive sign for Team India as only Jasprit Bumrah can bowl at various times of the game in the ongoing T20Is. At the same time, Bhuvneshwar also has the skill of bowling and taking important wickets during various occasions of the game. With only 11 months left for the next T20 World Cup, coach Dravid and captain Rohit would love to give Bhuvi as many opportunities as possible to perform in the shortest format of the game. In the past, Bhuvi himself had said that playing competitive cricket consistently helps fast bowlers to find their bowling rhythm. His form had deteriorated due to not bowling for a long time in international cricket.