Former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra has opined that medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar would have been very handy in England conditions with his ability to swing the ball. The Indian seamer trio of Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah for the World Test Championship finals haven’t been effective so far.
The New Zealand fast bowlers swung the ball really well in both directions and kept asking questions to the Indian batsmen which led to just 217 runs on the board in the first innings for India. In reply, the Kiwis have managed to get to 101 runs for the loss of 2 wickets at the end of the third day’s play. The fourth day’s play was completely washed out due to rain.
Aakash Chopra Reckons Bhuvneshwar Kumar Would Have Been Perfect
Aakash Chopra revealed three reasons why Bhuvneshwar Kumar would have been perfect in these conditions. He started with the medium pacer’s ability to move the new ball in both directions, then he noted the long spells that Bhuvneshwar can bowl and also for his ability to contribute with the bat down the order. Bhuvneshwar Kumar had an excellent series in 2014 when he first toured the country for a five-match test series.
“India is definitely missing Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He has three special aspects as well. Firstly, he does magic with the new ball. Secondly, he bowls the long spells. And the third thing is that he can bat as well. He could have done everything for Team India,” Aakash Chopra told in his YouTube Channel.
Aakash Chopra Claims India Haven’t Used The Conditions
Aakash Chopra was quite clear about the fact that swinging conditions will come into play once the ball releases accordingly and he praised the New Zealand team for having bowlers according to the conditions. He noted that Ishant has swung the ball at times and has been very critical about the other two Indian quicks not swinging enough in these conditions
“Swinging conditions can only be utilized if the ball leaves your hand accordingly. We saw Colin de Grandhomme getting a lot of swing, then Southee, Jamieson, and Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma is still somewhere close but the other two are far behind. They don’t swing the ball, they are seam bowlers,” added Aakash Chopra.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar wasn’t picked for the tour to England and is currently with the Indian limited-overs side in Sri Lanka as the vice-captain.