Although he produced a stunning performance against Afghanistan in the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup, he failed to produce a masterful show against Australia in the first T20I in Mohali.
The paceman struggled to bowl at the right line and length throughout his full quota of 4 overs. Australian batters literally found it very easy to take him to the cleaners.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a terrible day at the office as he leaked too many runs in crucial stages of the game. The experienced pacer conceded 52 runs in 4 overs and had an expensive economy rate of 13.
Moreover, he went wicketless in the game and also came under fire for his dismal bowling show. It remains to be seen how he performs in the next two games.
He holds a truckload of experience under his belt and might as well make a stellar comeback in the must-win game in the second T20I in Nagpur on September 23, Friday.
IND vs AUS: Sunil Gavaskar not impressed with Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s bowling
Meanwhile, India’s batting great, Sunil Gavaskar was not at all pleased with Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s performance. The right-arm pacer lacked clarity in the T20I opener against Australia.
The former Indian cricketer added that Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowling at the death is a concern. Team India failed to defend the target of 209 and ended up losing the game.
Australia beat India by 4 wickets and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. They are just a win away from sealing the series. India will have to be at their best to stay in the hunt.
During an interaction with India Today, Gavaskar said he was not at all happy with the overall performance of the Indian bowlers in the Mohali T20I.
“We didn’t actually bowl as well. It’s a real concern. When somebody like a Bhuvneshwar Kumar is going for so many runs every single time, when he is expected in 18 deliveries in 3 matches that India have lost against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia, he has given away 49 runs which is almost like 3 runs per ball.
“Someone of his experience and his calibre, you expect maybe he would give 35-36 runs. That really is an area of concern,” the former Indian cricketer Gavaskar said.