Former Indian middle-order batsman VVS Laxman has heaped praises on Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who he believes has done supremely well to perform after overcoming his injuries. Bhuvneshwar Kumar did incredibly well in the recently-concluded limited-overs series against England. VVS Laxman believes that the right-arm seamer returning to form is the best thing ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Before the home series against England, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was last seen in national colours back in December 2019. He featured in IPL 2020; however, an injury prevented him from being part of the subsequent Australia tour. But the 31-year old returned to peak form in the five T20Is and three ODIs in England as he bowled consistently well with the new ball. The right-arm seamer maintained economy rates of 6.39 and 4.66 in ODIs and T20Is, respectively.
VVS Laxman, who works with Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the SunRisers Hyderabad, knew how much it meant for him to return to the national side and how tough the last two years had been. The 46-year old pointed out that whenever Kumar had the opportunity, he has done well and admits it’s never easy for a fast bowler to sustain recurring injuries.
“Working with him closely at Sunrisers Hyderabad, I know how much it meant for him to come back into this Indian team. The last 2 years have been tough for him. Whenever he got an opportunity, he did really well with the ball. It’s never easy for a fast bowler to have recurring injuries. And unfortunately, He had a couple of major injuries,” Laxman stated as quoted by India Today.
All the hard work and the amount of time he spent at the NCA has given him the right rewards: VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman stated that all the hard yards the 31-year old did at the NCA have paid off. The 134-Test veteran conceded that Bhuvneshwar Kumar looked on point from the get-go against England since he could swing the ball from the outset and Laxman believes that wickets in the powerplay are very crucial. Hence, with the T20 World Cup later this year, the SunRisers Hyderabad mentor believes that Kumar returning to form is a big plus for India.
“But all the hard work and the amount of time he spent at the NCA has given him the right rewards. Right from the T20I series, one thing was very evident was the way Bhuvneshwar was able to swing the new ball. Whenever he does that, India are in a good position because picking up wickets with the new ball is crucial. I think Bhuvneshwar coming back to form is a big, big plus for India, especially keeping in mind the T20 World Cup which will be held in India this year,” he added.