Former India batsman, VVS Laxman is in all praise for Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his brilliant bowling display in the second T20I against England on Sunday. Bhuvneshwar, who is returning to professional cricket after a long injury layoff, dismissed Jos Buttler for a duck in the first over.
VVS Laxman observed that Kumar used his range of variations smartly on a sticky and slow surface, after realizing that there wasn’t much swing available. Laxman reckons the wicket of Jos Buttler, who is arguably England’s most dangerous T20 batsman, early in the innings set the tempo for India’s victory as it put immense pressure on the other batters.
“Today we saw that Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is making a comeback and knows how to bring in the variations, bowling the knuckle-ball in the second over itself because he knew there was not much swing on offer and if you change your pace you can maintain pressure on good batsmen as well,” VVS Laxman said while speaking with Star Sports.
“Jos Buttler’s wicket was brilliant because the batsmen come under pressure when they lose wickets in the first six overs,” he added.
All the bowlers bowled according to the pitch conditions: VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman reckons the bowlers were quick to assess the conditions – the pitch was not as flat as it was in the first T20I and therefore the seamers dropped the pace and dug in short. All the Indian bowlers were brilliant overall – the pacers gave away 35 runs in the last 5 overs – and restricted an attacking English batting line-up to a par score of 164.
“It was a good toss to win for Virat Kohli and Team India. But it is necessary to execute as well. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, and the spinners, all the bowlers bowled according to the pitch conditions.
“We saw a lot of cutters and slower ones. The change of pace were all short-pitched balls, they didn’t bowl them too far ahead and in the arc. This was not a flat wicket like the first match but overall it was an amazing bowling performance from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, and the other Indian bowlers,” the former batsman added.