Even before making his debut for India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had claimed the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar in the domestic circuit for Uttar Pradesh against Mumbai. It was back in 2009 in a Ranji Trophy game that the right-arm seamer bagged the prized wicket of Tendulkar for a duck. And Bhuvneshwar Kumar credits a former batsman, who was then his captain for plotting the batting maestro’s dismissal.
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It was at the age of 19 years that Bhuvneshwar had made a name for himself. Speaking at a chat show “Double Trouble”, a programme hosted by women cricketers Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues, the 30-year old revealed how he and Mohammad Kaif planned Tendulkar’s dismissal.
The Meerut-born seamer admitted that he got lucky when it comes to snapping Tendulkar’s wicket that day. He mentioned that where the 47-year old got out was neither the short leg nor the mid-wicket position. Mohammad Kaif, who was his captain, set the field and Bhuvneshwar Kumar having delivered an inswinger did the trick.
“Generally you think to claim wickets before the start of any game, but you don’t plan to bag a certain number of wickets as it’s not possible. But when it comes to Sachin’s wicket, then I would say I was lucky because the position where Sachin got out was neither short leg nor mid-wicket, so the credit goes to Mohammad Kaif who was my captain at that time. He set the field, and I just bowled an inswinger, and eventually, it happened.” Kumar, who made his international debut in 2012 against Pakistan.
Fast bowlers should never rush to a comeback: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
The 30-year old, whose career has been plagued by frequent injuries, was slated to make his return in the home ODI series against South Africa. Speaking about the same, Bhuvneshwar Kumar admits that injuries are very typical for pacers and that it is frustrating to watch matches on the television.
At the same time, he iterated for fast bowlers to avoid rushing into coming back to the side. Bhuvneshwar last played for India in December 2019 in a T20I against the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium.
“Injuries are a part and parcel for the fast bowlers when you play in all three formats of the game. I have been bothered by a number of injuries over last one year and can tell you that it can be really frustrating. As you watch the matches on TV, it becomes difficult to miss out on the action but it’s very important not to rush to a comeback” he added further.