Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be seen in action for India as the vice-captain of the men’s blue team, when they face Sri Lanka in the white series from July 18. Former Indian fast pitcher Ajit Agarkar believes the UP pitcher brings another dimension to India’s bowling attack.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has struggled with fitness issues and injuries for the past two years and missed the 2020 IPL and many matches for India, including injuring himself at the 2019 World Cup. Bhuvneshwar could not make a comeback until March 2021 when he played national cricket for Uttar Pradesh and then in a white ball streak against England at home.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar really impressed in England series with white ball: Ajit Agarkar
Ajit Agarkar believes Bhuvneshwar Kumar was a bit hesitant on his return to international cricket against England as he came out of a long injury layoff and said a fast pitcher cannot go “all the way” only if he’s in great shape.
“Bhuvi really impressed in the England series with the white ball. It happens that if you have been injured for a long time, you will start with hesitation. So even though he didn’t pick that many wickets in the IPL, he has the talent. It gives a different dimension to your attack. Agarkar said when interacting with reporters in a virtual PC on behalf of Sony Sports Network.
Agarkar further said that Bhuvneshwar’s ability to swing the new ball and then return to death to bowling gives India an added advantage.
“One thing I would look at is his physical form. Sometimes you just know if the guy is sure about his fitness or not. And once he’s confident, he’ll go all out; I will look forward to it. It offers something different. There are other guys who have come but the experience he has, Bhuvi will be extremely helpful if he can stay in shape ”, Agarkar expressed his opinion.
The three ODIs between India and Sri Lanka will be played on July 18, 20 and 23. The three T20Is will take place on July 25, 27 and 29. Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium will host all six matches.