Bhuvneshwar Kumar still has that burning desire to once again represent India in Test match cricket but the Uttar Pradesh bowler has admitted that it wouldn’t be an easy task to get back into the set-up considering how the quartet of Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav have bowled in both home and away conditions in the past two years.
Bhuvneshwar last played a Test match for India during the Men in Blue’s 2018 tour of South Africa. Bhuvneshwar was one of the leading bowlers for India during that tour but a sports hernia injury and its recurring effects paved way for the seam-and-swing bowler to miss out from the all-important five-match Test series against England during the summer of 2018.
Since then, considering the fact that the other fast bowlers bowled brilliantly and Bhuvi’s recurring injuries, meant that Bhuvneshwar was mainly considered for white-ball cricket. But having attained full fitness now, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has now set his eyes on regaining his place in the Test side, something he admits will be an arduous task, to say the least.
“I definitely want to play Test cricket, but I know it won’t be easy to make a comeback, as everyone is doing very well,” Bhuvneshwar Kumar told Times of India.
“But I’ll try my best and will do everything I can to make a comeback in the Test format, as I think it is the toughest format and it gives a lot of satisfaction to perform well in that format,” added the swing-and-seam bowler.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been grappled with injuries in the past two years
Bhuvneshwar last played an international game for India during the three-match Twenty20 International series against the West Indies in Mumbai post which he was ruled out from the remainder of the season due to his recurring sports hernia injury.
India’s premier fast bowler in white-ball cricket, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was all set to make his return to competitive cricket with the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League but with the tournament getting postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19, his fans will have to wait for some more time before they see their favorite fast bowler in action.
Talking about Bhuvi’s Test numbers, the right-handed bowler has thus far played 21 Tests in which he has claimed 63 wickets at an average of 26.1 which included four 5-wicket-hauls. Bhuvneshwar is also a part of a select group of bowlers who have claimed a five-wicket haul in each of the three formats of the game.