Bhuvneshwar Kumar might have brought back India back in the second test match against England at the Lords Cricket Ground with a figures of 6-82 in the first innings apart from scoring a crucial 38 with the bat. Indian captain MS Dhoni has used him as the strike bowler as he is the only one who is by far the best in the series. But this has come under several criticisms from former players and modern day experts who accuse MS Dhoni of misusing Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Bhuvneshwar was given long spells in the second day of the day and was asked to bowl 16 overs in the first 36 overs. Former greats like Wasim Akram and Sourav Ganguly were claiming that Bhuvneshwar was overused by his skipper during the lunch time show for the broadcasters Star Sports. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is playing only his second match in the conditions that suit his style of bowling. He is extracting the maximum advantage of the conditions and making the ball talk against the English opposition.
Bhuvneshwar troubles the batsmen by swinging the ball both ways which other Indian bowlers fail to do. This might be one of the reason for the over usage of Bhuvneshwar in the test, but it might have a negative impact on the bowler as the tour goes on. Bhuvneshwar might get tired of bowling throughout the day and there are chances of sustaining injuries, which the Indian bowlers in the past has incurred. Bhuvneshwar managed to bowl 23 overs in a day whereas the other frontline pacers managed to bowl a total of 30 overs between them.
In the entire England innings, Bhuvneshwar bowled 31 overs out of a total of 105 overs. The second in the list of bowlers who bowled the maximum overs is Ishant Sharma with 24 overs followed by Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja with 19 overs each. The “So-Called” All-Rounder in the team Stuart Binny has bowled only 10 overs.
Are the rest of the bowlers are not capable of bowling atleast 15 overs in a day? If not what is the use of having them in the team?