File photo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar with teammates© AFP
Veteran pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was again under the scanner after conceding 16 runs in the penultimate as India lost the first T20I to Australia at the IS Bindra Cricket Stadium in Mohali. Bhuvneshwar leaked 52 runs from his quota of four overs as Australia chased a massive 209 goal with ease. While analyzing the match, former Pakistan captain Salman Butt criticized India’s team selection, saying that Bhuvneshwar poses no threat to the opposition with decent hitters.
“What worries India, what can cause tension, is that they have a serious lack of pace. First, there is no pace and then they keep bowling slower balls. First you get hit already because you are slow and then you have to I’m on the bowling with slower balls. I don’t know what promise they made that they have to surrender Bhuvneshwar Kumar the 19th. It’s beyond my understanding how you can get him for key overs. I don’t think he’s worth it,” said Butt while interacting on his YouTube channel.
Butt said India should explore other options, as Bhuvneshwar’s lack of pace puts him at risk in the death surplus.
“He doesn’t offer any pace. He can’t swing the ball backwards. He can be a bit dangerous in the power play when the ball is moving. Otherwise, if you bring him after the power play, he can be in any situation.” “It poses no threat to teams with a decent batting order. India must now think they have Siraj, Umran Malik and Umesh Yadav who are good bowlers compared to other bowlers,” he said.
India awaits the return of star pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who has been inactive since the UK tour in July. He did not play the first T20I, but is part of the squad for the series.
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