Team India’s limited-overs vice-captain, Rohit Sharma lavished praise on Bhuvneshwar Kumar after the pacer produced a Man of the Match worthy bowling performance in the 5th T20I against England helping the hosts seal the series.
Bhuvneshwar dented England on the second ball of their chase of a mammoth target of 225 by castling the in-form Jason Roy. Despite an early blow, however, the visitors were storming to a victory via a 130-run stand between Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan.
Kumar returned to get rid of the ominous Jos Buttler which then ensued a collapse in the England batting line-up. The pacer finished with absolutely brilliant figures of 2/15 while defending a huge score on a flat wicket while bowling in presence of dew.
Rohit Sharma, speaking after the game, said that in this particular line-up – without Jasprit Bumrah – the Uttar Pradesh seamer is their spearhead, and he has taken the responsibility admirably.
“See, Bhuvi’s been here long enough and he has done really really well for us in the shorter formats. One of the leading bowlers, you know. When, obviously in this particular lineup he is our leading bowler so obviously we do understand, you know, that we need to put the responsibility on him, a lot more come the crucial overs,” Rohit Sharma said in the press conference.
“And he had accepted that responsibility pretty well, bowled the crucial overs at the start and then towards the end back end which we thought was not easy at all considering how much amount of dew was on the field,” he added.
He has done it for a number of years for us now and continues to do that: Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma, who gave India a bristling start with his 64 off 34, lauds Bhuvneshwar for his services to the side for several years and still remains a crucial member of the team. The Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer was returning to the national setup after a layoff of more than a year owing to his injury struggles. He is been named in the ODI squad as well; the 3-match ODI series begins on Tuesday in Pune.
“Like I said, he has done it for a number of years for us now and he continues to do that, of course, I hope he stays fit, he stays in form which will really do well for us as a team,” Rohit Sharma added.