Former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar has been in awe of India’s domestic setup that has grown from strength to strength, hailing their talent pool. With several options available to the selectors for the T20 World Cup this year, they have to make some close calls since only 15 can make it. Nevertheless, Sanjay Bangar believes that Bhuvneshwar Kumar remains a sure-shot pick.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to the national colours in the recently-concluded T20I series against England. The right-arm seamer bowled expertly with the new ball as he became a constant threat to England’s swashbuckling batsmen. The fifth T20I saw Kumar end with figures of 4-0-15-2 in a massively high-scoring game, earning him the man of the match award. The 31-year old finished the five-match series with an impressive economy rate of 6.39.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar also dazzled in the first ODI against England in Pune as he finished with figures of 9-0-30-2 in a winning effort. It also bodes well for the SunRisers Hyderabad ahead of IPL 2021 in India as the Meerut-born pacer headlines their bowling attack. Kumar, an integral part of the Orange Army when they lifted the trophy in 2016, was forced out of last year’s IPL due to an injury.
I would not like to count anybody out of the World Cup contention as yet: Sanjay Bangar
Sanjay Bangar believed that the selectors must pick Bhuvneshwar Kumar if he is fit and in form since the team has displayed it will go in full flow for the World Cup. Simultaneously, Sanjay Bangar feels that there are plenty of spots up for grabs since there is IPL alongside a full season before the mega tournament. Hence, the 48-year old refuses to count anybody out of contention yet.
“Without a doubt, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, if he is fit and is in form… because this team has displayed that it is obviously going to go on form. There is a lot of time remaining from now to the start of the World Cup. In between, there is an IPL tournament as well. So, taking into account on how the decisions have been made, I believe that there are still a lot of spots that are up for grabs. Players who were been sidelined have still have a big season lined up between the World Cup selection. So, I would not like to count anybody out of the World Cup contention as yet,” Bangar stated as quoted by Hindustan Times.