A massive positive yielding out of team India’s victory over UAE in the T20 Asia Cup was pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s form. In the last year gone by, Kumar had looked simply off color and was simply struggling to swing the ball.

As a result, he had to endure a phase of poor form. Nevertheless, against UAE, Kumar was at his best, as he swung the ball viciously and bowled 2 maidens.

In the post match conference, Indian skipper MS Dhoni praised Kumar for his outstanding performance and called him a hard working cricketer. “He is a hard-working guy,” Dhoni said. “He always works hard in the nets and also in the gym and I feel that’s something that is important for the fast bowlers, to keep themselves fit and also take the break in the best possible manner.

That has actually helped him increase the pace but at the same time, it has not affected his swing bowling.

Dhoni also added that Kumar’s form was crucial in case ace seamer Mohammad Shami did not get fit in time for the World T20. “That is key, because you don’t want to bowl quick but lose that extra movement that you have.

So that’s a big positive sign for us. And when it comes to his consistency, he is still somebody who bowls very consistently with his line and length.

So overall, he has used the break, whether it was forced or when he was out of the side in the best possible manner and also him coming good gives us that extra option in case Shami doesn’t get fit, he’s somebody who can straight away come in and start doing the work for the team.”