Former Indian legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has settled the debate on playing Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Mohammad Shami for the match against West Indies. India will have selection headaches before the Windies clash to pick one between Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami. The Board of Control for Cricket in India had uploaded a video in which Bhuvneshwar Kumar was seen bowling.
The swing master had suffered a hamstring injury against arch-rivals Pakistan after bowling only 2.4 overs. Thus, Kumar had gone on to miss the match against Afghanistan. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has thus far scalped five wickets in the three innings of the World Cup but he didn’t complete his quota of overs against Pakistan.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar deserves his chance.
On the other hand, Mohammad Shami became the first bowler of this World Cup to bag a hat-trick when he took the wickets of Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Aftab Alam. Hence, Shami had given a push to his name after he took four wickets in his first match of the World Cup.
Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar believes Bhuvneshwar Kumar should be backed in the playing XI if he has recuperated from the hamstring injury.
The Master Blaster said that Kumar was always the first choice pacer ahead of Shami. Sachin stated that Bhuvneshwar Kumar can breathe down the neck of the opposition batsmen with the help of his swing.
Kumar’s swing gives him an edge.
“I would go for Bhuvi if he is fit, purely because of his ability to swing the ball. He can trouble the West Indies top-order with his swing,” while talking to host broadcaster.
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 25, 2019
Meanwhile, India has won four out of the five matches they have played thus far. India is yet to be beaten in the World Cup and they will next take on West Indies at Old Trafford, Manchester on 27th June.