Former Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan showered praise on Indian bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, for his performances in the ongoing T20I series against South Africa but asserted that he needs to maintain his fitness.
Bhuvneshwar has been one of India’s most consistent white-ball bowlers but he often sustains injuries, one of the primary reasons why he is completely out of the equation for a spot in the red-ball team.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Image: BCCI
“He [Bhuvneshwar] always keeps things very simple. He has the experience of playing at this level. He understands the situation and the conditions. He hits wicket-to-wicket, hits those areas, and hits those lengths. From there, he looks to bring the ball back into the right-hander and some just hold the shape and go away,” Zaheer said on Cricbuzz.
“From India’s point of view, it’s important he stays fit and healthy” – Zaheer Khan
Keeping an eye on the upcoming T20 World Cup, India will be keen to manage Bhuvneshwar’s workload as he is almost guaranteed a place in the final squad. If he can continue his form without getting injured, the pacer will surely be on a plane to Australia.
“When Pretorius came (to bat in 2nd T20I), he knew that his role was to up the ante. So, the use of knuckle-ball was smart. He understands what to use for which batsman that can result in a wicket. He’s an experienced campaigner. Fitness has been a concern, but it is important for him to stay on top of that.”
Bhuvneshwar Kumar PC- BCCI
“Otherwise, what we want to get from Bhuvi is going to remain the same. From India’s point of view, it’s important he stays fit and healthy so he can continue to do the damage and help the other bowlers as well,” he further added.
Bhuvneshwar has taken 6 wickets in the 3 games played so far and India will be hoping he contributes when the two teams go head-to-head on Friday in the 4th T20I.