Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been one of leading pacers in the Indian bowling lineup across all three formats of cricket.
The journey certainly has not been an easy one as he was dropped from the side after conceding over 100 runs in a one-day against South Africa in 2015. The 28-year old went back and played a fair amount of cricket at the domestic level to build on his strengths and work his way back into the side.
Kumar has certainly worked hard on his fitness and is a genuine swing bowler who can move the ball both ways. The seamer is a dangerous customer when there is plenty on offer for the fast bowlers.
He did a commendable job for India with bat and ball in the 2017/18 test recent series in South Africa and will be one of the players to watch out for in the upcoming Indian Premier League. He has certainly improved a lot after being snubbed by selectors in 2015.
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About Bhuvneshwar Kumar
|Age:||28 (DOB: 5 February 1990)|
|Born:||Meerut, Uttah Pradesh, India|
|Height:||190 cm (6ft 3in)|
Bhuvneshwar Kumar made a promising start to his international career against Pakistan in a T20 game played in Bengaluru in 2012 at just 22 years of age. Kumar plays for Uttar Pradesh in the domestic competition and quickly rose to the prominence to earn his call-up to the national side. He has been a consistent performer for the side since 2017 and has done well in all three formats.
The turnaround for him came in 2016 Indian Premier League as he collected 23 wickets in 17 games for Sunrisers Hyderabad to end up as leading wicket-taker in the competition. His superlative show with the ball helped Sunrisers Hyderabad lift their maiden title in 2016. He has become better bowler at the end of the innings and does execute his variations to perfection. His bowling efforts in the finals of 2016 Indian Premier League help Sunrisers Hyderabad eke out a remarkable win in a run-fest.
He worked on his game and came up with different variations with the ball for the shorter formats of the game. The results showed as he once again topped the bowling charts for 2017 Indian Premier League with 26 wickets in 14 games at an economy of just above seven runs an over.
He surely is one of the most popular players in the Indian Premier League and has carved his name in the record books. He has done exceedingly well for India in the shorter formats of the game. In limited overs cricket, he picked 28 wickets in 24 games for the year 2017. He has been regular in the T20 format for India and has formed a good partnership with Jaspreet Bumrah. He recently took his maiden five-wicket haul in a T20 game played against South Africa at Johannesburg and developed a knuckleball that has worked wonders for him against opposition batsmen.
He will be keen to continue his rich vein of form in 2018 Indian Premier League.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar career stats and best figures
|Best bowling figures:||6/82 vs. England (2014)||5/42 vs. SRI (2017)||5/24 vs. South Africa (2017)||5/19 SRH vs. KXIP (2017)|
|Highest score:||63* vs. England (2014)||53* vs. Sri Lanka (2017)||9 vs. Zimbabwe (2015)||21 SRH vs. KXIP (2017)|
Bhuvneshwar Kumar teams and franchises
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was first contracted by Royal Challengers Bangalore, but was not a regular in the side for various reasons. From 2011 till 2014, he played for Pune Warriors till the franchise become defunct due to financial reasons. Sunrisers Hyderabad picked him for the 2014 Indian Premier League. He turned out to be a success story for Sunrisers as he picked up 23 wickets in 2016 Indian Premier League and help the franchise lift their maiden crown. He was impressive and produced better returns in the 2017 Indian Premier League with 26 wickets to his name.
He will once again be under the spotlight as players to look for the coming season of Indian Premier League. Kumar will be keen to continue his good work with the ball in the upcoming season for Sunrisers Hyderabad.