India captain Virat Kohli welcomed fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar back into the camp and said that the team needed his experience in the upcoming T20I series against England which begins on March 12 and all five matches will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been out of cricket since suffering a thigh injury in the IPL 2020 and spent one year on the sidelines recovering from other niggles as well. With Jasprit Bumrah out of the T20I series due to personal reasons, Bhuvneshwar Kumar becomes the most experienced pacer in the team.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar Is Right Up There With Anyone Else In The World: Virat Kohli
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has 41 wickets in 43 T20I matches and was the first Indian to pick a five-wicket haul in all three formats of international cricket. The pacer had last played for India back in December 2019 in a T20I against West Indies.
“Bhuvneshwar is shaping up really well. He has come back, he is fit. He has worked really well to get back to full fitness and look he is a smart operator, we have seen that in the past. He continues to bring that experience on to the field which is going to be vital for us. He has a clear understanding of what he wants to do going forward,” Kohli said.
While India has lots of options to choose from in the fast bowling department with the likes of Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, and the returning Bhuvneshwar Kumar available.
“He wants to contribute towards many more Indian wins in the coming months. Obviously in the T20 World Cup, we would need our most experienced bowler and he is right up there with anyone else in the world – at the start, in the middle, and in the death as well. “He is a guy you can bank on and I am very glad to have him back. Hopefully, he can build strongly from here and be as ready as he is now for the World Cup,” he added.
But Bhuvneshwar, who is a yorker specialist at the death, might just get a nod because of his skills which have paid dividends for his IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad.