Photo file of Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar© BCCI
Veteran Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been in the crosshairs of a storm since conceding 52 times in 4 passes in the Mohali T20I match against Australia. Some former cricketers have criticized Bhuvneshwar’s lack of pace and innovation in the death match, which has been a major contributor to three crucial defeats for the team. He was assigned the 19th bowling assignment in the Asian Cup Super 4 against Pakistan and Sri Lanka and he played the ball on both occasions, leading to India’s early elimination from the tournament.
He had the same task as India looking to defend 208 against Australia in the first T20I but Bhuvneshwar performed extremely poorly as India lost again.
Several former cricketers have called for a change in India’s strategy, including the former Pakistan captain Salman Buttwho was completely brutal in his assessment of India pacer.
Butt makes it clear that when a pitcher lacks speed, he has few options for posing a threat to the hitter.
“Well, Naseem Shah may have run but he has struggled against the big teams. When a pitcher lacks speed, he doesn’t have too many options. Even in the first T20I against Australia, he (Bhuvneshwar) was bowling outside the tree. He did the same thing in the Asian Cup and it didn’t work out.
“When you have speed, you can hit a pitcher. Your slower player automatically becomes deceptive because the hitter is expecting speed. When a pitcher is already slow and hits slower, there is no element of surprise for the hitter,” Butt explained in his scathing criticism of Bhuvneshwar.
“Nseem Shah conceded 35 and Bhuvneshwar conceded 52, there’s a big difference. Also, look at the difference in experience,” Butt said when comparing Naseem and Bhuvneshwar.
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