Sunil Gavaskar, a legendary batsman from India, has voiced his support for Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s inclusion in the Indian team that will compete in the 2022 Twenty20 World Cup in Australia. Gavaskar has said that having Kumar on the team would be a significant benefit for India. Gavaskar remarked that he was also thrilled with Bhuvneshwar’s bowling in current India versus South Africa home T20I series. He added that he “thoroughly loved” the pacer’s performance.
The former captain of India praised Bhuvneshwar for his ability to swing the white ball and believes that he would be useful on Australian pitches because of their higher carry and bounce levels. He went on to describe how the pacer got rid of Reeza Hendricks in the second Twenty20 international by bowling an inswinger to the batter after seeing the batter’s difficulties. After the game, Kumar finished with bowling figures of 4/13 runs allowed in four overs.
The superb control and execution shown by Bhuvneshwar Kumar were praised by Sunil Gavaskar.
“When Reeza Hendricks was on strike, he was aware of the difficulties he faced when facing an inswinger. Because of his successful move, he was able to topple him. The white ball doesn’t swing that much, in the air or off the pitch, but he has got the talent,” remarked Gavaskar on Star Sports, speaking about Kumar’s bowling in the second Twenty20 International.
“It was really brilliant leadership on the part of Rishabh Pant to give him that third over in which he also took a wicket,” Gavaskar stated on Star Sports.
Gavaskar also discussed how the Indian seamer set up Dwaine Pretorius with a knuckleball, which caused the South African batsman to play an ill-timed shot, which led to Avesh Khan catching him at backward square leg. Later on in the game, he also took the important wicket of Rassie van der Dussen by bowling a length ball that nipped back into the batsman around the off-stump line and rattled his stumps. “Dwaine Pretorius strolled in next, and he decided to take him on, but the knuckleball knocked him out. “Simply outstanding control and performance,” Gavaskar added.
The 72-year-old player went on to say, “Having someone like him in Australia, where there would be a little bit more carry and bounce, will be a major benefit. I believe that will be a tremendous plus. Even though India’s performance in the second Twenty20 International against South Africa was forgettable, Kumar’s performance was a bright spot since he showed a lot of potential and talent even though other Indian bowlers failed.”
In the third game of the five-match series, India will face South Africa on June 14 in Visakhapatnam. India is currently trailing 2-0 against South Africa in the series (Tuesday).