Former England captain, Michael Vaughan lavished praise on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and hailed the pacer as the ‘most skilful’ white-ball bowler in the world’. Michael Vaughan’s comments come after Bhuvneshwar’s brilliant return to the national side – after more than a year of struggle with injuries – in the T20I and ODI series against England.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the most economical bowler in the T20I series and bagged the Man of the Match award in the 5th T20I for his outstanding figures of 2/15 in a high-scoring game. In the first ODI as well, he registered figures of 2/30 helping India script a comeback.
Michael Vaughan speaks highly of the seamer’s ability to swing the ball in both directions and his subtle use of variations and lauds the brilliant comeback he has made to the national side.
“Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the most skillful white-ball bowler in the world. I can’t think of any other [bowler] that bowls at 80-odd miles an hour and has that white ball moving as he does. There’s no one I know that can just get the ball to subtly move like Kumar can. Whether it’s outswinger, the inswinger, the cutters.
“He can bowl the yorkers and the bouncers. Not often but when he wants to unsettle a batsman, he’ll bowl a bouncer. I don’t know of a more skillful bowler. At that pace around the world. When you think he’s coming back from an injury, a remarkable comeback for Bhuvneshwar Kumar,” Michael Vaughan told Cricbuzz.
When you are facing someone like Bhuvneshwar, you really have to think hard as a batsman: Michael Vaughan
The 46-year-old asserts that Bhuvneshwar despite his lesser pacer is a potent threat to any batsman as he can trouble them with his cunning variations and accurate line and length.
“Give me someone bowling 90-odd miles an hour any day of the week. I’ll face them with my eyes shut because I just like the pace. But with someone like Bhuvneshwar, you have to think so much. Everything has to be spot on in your timing. Because you know he’ll be probing that front-foot, moving that ball either way.
“He can out skill you. He can bowl the balls that you necessarily can’t prepare for. When you’re facing real quick bowling, it’s just your instincts taking over; you can just react and play. When you are facing someone like Bhuvneshwar, you really have to think hard as a batsman,” the former skipper further added.