It’s not often that India’s batting performance gets overshadowed by their bowling display but this 2014 ICC World Twenty20 has belonged majorly to the Indian bowlers and deservedly so. Restricting both Pakistan and the West Indies to a below par score in the first two matches made sure that the batsmen’s job was much easier to achieve.
You don’t need a 150kmph bowler every time you step out against the West Indies. The pace with which the ball arrives on their bat is usually reciprocated and the ball is sent into the stands with equal force on most occasions. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s opening spell against the West Indies though proved that a lot can be achieved against brawn with some brains and a pinch of discipline.
3 runs in 3 overs in a T20 game is one of the rarest instances in the format and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s spell was exactly that, rare and special. For all the hullaballoo surrounding the Indian bowling the solution was produced by one Bhuvneswar Kumar.
Not only did Bhuvneshwar Kumar show his potential and talent swinging it in both ways for fun but also showed that doing the basic ‘proper line and length’ bowling still puts the batsman in trouble. The very fact that Bhuvneshwar Kumar can swing the ball both sides with equal measure makes him a predicament to both the right as well as the left-handers.
After Irfan Pathan and Praveen Kumar, India has found it’s Swing king in the form of this youngster. With Shami providing the pace at the other end, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a perfect partner for his teammate. A lot depends on how M.S Dhoni likes to use him though. There have been matches where Dhoni has bowled him out in one single spell or has kept few overs as insurance for the death overs.
A highly versatile bowler with a lot of variation in terms of his pace, length and in terms of swinging the ball, Bhuvneshwar Kumar seems to be the perfect answer to all of India’s bowling woes. It may be early days to predict but if his spell against the West Indies was any indication, Indian bowling could well have found a more than decent solution for their problems.