Archive photo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rohit Sharma© AFP
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt thinks veteran pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar will not be a good option for Team India in the T20 World Cup. Bhuvneshwar took 11 wickets in the ongoing Asian Cup, but leaked many runs in the death overs. He took a five-for in India’s last game of the Super 4 stage against Afghanistan on Thursday. While suggesting that Bhuvneshwar is an excellent new ball bowler, Butt feels that the Bhuvneshwar lacks pace, which makes it easier for the batters to aim him into death.
“He concedes a lot of runs in death, but takes wickets in the first overs. The bowl swings a bit here (in the UAE). But good teams will wipe out that much swing easily. The bowling wasn’t that hard. Afghan batters hit through the lines, and most of them are power hitters They don’t have good technique and therefore the swing could not be negated Bhuvneshwar struggles with tempo in death overs He has no tempo and therefore hitters are not I’m afraid to I don’t think he will be a good option for India at the T20 World Cup,” Butt said during a discussion on his YouTube channel.
India, in particular, failed to qualify for the Asian Cup final after a disappointing performance in the Super 4 stage.
India defeated Afghanistan by 101 runs in their last Super 4 match on Thursday.
Virat Kohli ended his century-long drought, hitting an unbeaten 122 from 61 balls. After a total of 212/2 in 20 overs, India narrowed Afghanistan to a total of 111 for eight.
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