Former England captain Michael Vaughan has heaped high praise on Indian seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his stupendous performance in the series-decider, stating that the Uttar Pradesh eventually proved to be the difference between both teams.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, on Saturday, once again proved just why he is India’s key asset in white-ball cricket as he produced an absolute clinic on a road masquerading as a cricket pitch.
On a track where almost every bowler went the distance, Bhuvneshwar registered scarcely believable figures of 2/15 in four overs.
Bhuvneshwar dismissed Jason Roy for a duck in the first over of England’s innings and then backed it up with a game-defining wicket of Jos Buttler in his second spell.
“The key was Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He’s a magnificent bowler and he’s the bowler England should be really studying,” Michael Vaughan said in a video on Cricbuzz.
“Bhuvneshwar you could argue was the difference between the two sides. To bowl his four overs – 2/15, and economy rate of under four, on a pitch that the ball was travelling into the stands was nothing short of remarkable. And he doesn’t bowl 90 miles or 80 miles, but gets close to the stumps and has all variations. I don’t think he bowls to the data. England have got to understand that if you bowl to the data, teams will know that data as well.” he added.
Vaughan further added that Bhuvneshwar Kumar had got all the elements to thrive across all three formats in international cricket and the one quality that separates him from the rest us is his sharp cricketing brain and a plethora of variations at his disposal.
“I look at someone like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and I feel he just studies the batsmen, stares at the batsmen feet and at the last moment, bowls the ball that is the hardest for the batsmen. That’s why he’s a wonderful bowler. He’s got the swing, the cutter the back of the hand delivery and he’s also got the mind… very clever. If there’s anything in the series I will tell England to copy, that is Bhuvneshwar’s bowling,” Vaughan explained.