Indian seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, on Saturday, once again proved just why he is one of the best white-ball bowlers and a prized asset for Team India as he pulled off a match-winning performance to help India seal the five-match T20I series 3-2.
On a track where each and every bowler was taken to the cleaner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned with barely believable figures of 2-15 in four overs.
Defending 225 on a flat track and against a power-packed England batting-unit that has in the past chased down such totals, Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave Team India a perfect start as he knocked over opener Jason Roy with an inswinger.
Roy, who has been in brilliant form this series, charged down the track in a bid to hit Bhuvneshwar across the line but he could not make any contact as the ball jagged back to disturb his furniture.
Bhuvneshwar gave away just six runs in his first two overs. However, the other Indian bowlers were taken to the cleaners by the duo of Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan and with England racing their way to 1-127 after 12 overs, captain Virat Kohli pulled off what turned out to be a masterstroke as he brought his ace pacer back in the attack.
Bhuvneshwar had dismissed Jos Buttler twice in the past four matches and the right-hander once again proceeded to get the better of the English swashbuckler as Buttler mistimed a lofted drive straight to Hardik Pandya.
He conceded just three runs besides claiming Buttler in what turned out to be a match-winning over for Team India. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has had his fair share of injuries in the past three years and he was a relieved man at the presentation party where he was adjudged the Player of the Match.
”Always good to be back. Always good to contribute to the team’s win. All good body wise. Was confident because I played the domestic matches. When you get a wicket in the first over with the inswingers, always gives you joy and confidence,” said Bhuvneshwar Kumar.