The Graceful Bowling Talent – Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar Singh (born February 5, 1990) is an Indian international cricketer who currently plays for Uttar Pradesh in domestic first-class cricket and for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. Bhuvi is regarded as one of India’s top bowlers. Kumar is a quick medium bowler with a right arm who swings the ball both ways. He swings the ball efficiently both ways, with his inswings being more effective than his out swingers, and is especially skilled at creating late swing.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
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Real NameBhuvneshwar Kumar
Nick NameBhuvi
Date Of Birth5 February 1990
BirthplaceIndia
HometownMeerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
NationalityMeerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
Educational QualificationGraduate
ReligionHinduism
Age31 Years (As in 2021)
Height5.10 Feet
Weight74 Kg

Early Career

Kumar is a domestic cricketer for Uttar Pradesh. He has also represented Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy and made his first-class debut against Bengal at the age of 17. In the 2008/09 Ranji Trophy final, he became the first bowler in first-class cricket to remove Sachin Tendulkar for a duck.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar catapulted into the spotlight when he made his debut on Christmas Day in 2012. He zipped the white Kookaburra all over the Pakistani bats at Bengaluru’s Chinnaswamy Stadium. A display of nagging swing bowling in the shortest format of the game in batting-friendly circumstances was an excellent approach to get the rest of the world to sit up and take notice of this prodigious talent.

At The Peak Of The Game

With a scarcity of excellent fast-bowling in the country, selectors chose Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the Chennai Test against Australia in 2013. In 2013, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was included to the ODI squad for the Champions Trophy. Later, he was chosen for the tri-nation event, where he recorded career-high figures of 4-8 versus Sri Lanka. He was named Man of the Series after finishing with the most wickets in the series.

He remained a regular member of the squad and toured South Africa and New Zealand without much success as he began to lose his craft in his pursuit of speed. He performed admirably in the 2014 England Test series, finishing as the series’ leading wicket-taker.

He also contributed relatively well with the bat, hitting three fifties in the series. The selectors rested him for the Sri Lanka series after the end of the home series against the West Indies in 2014. He returned to the national team for India’s tour of Australia, but due to an ankle injury, he did not play in the first three Test matches.

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Bhuvi was projected to shine at the 2015 World Cup. However, due to his lack of fitness, he was unable to make the starting lineup. He only appeared in one game against the UAE. His 2016 season was limited to four Tests. Bhuvneshwar Kumar made a name for himself by taking two five-wicket hauls, one against the West Indies and one against New Zealand.

In a T20I against South Africa in February 2018, he took five wickets. He became the second Indian bowler in T20I history to take five wickets. Kumar took his 100th ODI wicket in the first ODI against Australia in January 2019. 

He was nominated to India’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in April 2019, although he was later ruled out of a number of matches owing to a leg injury. Kumar was chosen India’s vice-captain for their ODI and T20I matches against Sri Lanka in June 2021[24], and he was named to India’s team for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in September 2021.

IPL Throughout The Years For Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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Following his efforts in the 2008/09 Ranji season, Royal Challengers Bangalore signed him to an Indian Premier League (IPL) contract. He was signed by Pune Warriors India in 2011, however after the club disbanded, he was signed by Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014.

In 2016, he was a member of the Sunrisers side that won the Indian Premier League, taking 23 wickets and earning the Purple Cap as the bowler with the most wickets throughout the season. He was chosen the team’s vice-captain in 2018. Sunrisers Hyderabad paid 4.20 crores for Bhuvi in the 2022 Indian Premier League Mega Auction.

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