IND vs SL: Legendary Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram discussed what caused the problem for Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 19th over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been costly with his bowling during death overs in recent times.
In the 19th over against Pakistan, he conceded 19 runs. He also let up 14 to Sri Lanka in the penultimate over, which made matters worse. These figures are, without a doubt, massively impressive for a bowler of his caliber and class.
India‘s loss to Sri Lanka in the Super 4 on Tuesday at the Asia Cup was yet another setback for them. After their defeat against Pakistan, they desperately needed to win the game, which they failed to do. The Men in Blue are now perilously close to being eliminated from the continental competition.
Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, scored a magnificent 41-ball 72 to lead his team to a good result in the first innings. However, the islanders were able to chase the target of 174 runs with one ball left. It was a shocking performance from the Indian bowling line-up who looked toothless at times.
IND vs SL: Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 19th Over: Wasim Akram Examines the Problems
In the 2nd last over, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s bowling yielded 14 runs for Sri Lanka. In high pressure matches, even a single run makes a huge difference. While Sri Lanka required 21 runs in 12 balls, the costly over all but won them the game.
Without a doubt, Team India suffered a tremendous loss in this match. In the event that Pakistan defeats Afghanistan on Wednesday, India will be out of the competition. It goes without saying that if they lose, they will only have themselves to blame.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar will naturally be upset as a result of falling short this time. Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan bowler, provided an analysis of what went wrong for Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 19th over after the game.
“Bhuvi is an excellent bowler. Do not get me wrong: there is not one. When you do not have pace in T20, especially on this kind of pitch, he is a medium pacer, maybe even an above medium pacer..135 (kmph). You need a 140 (kmph) + bowler in your lineup, like Jasprit Bumrah,” Akram said on Star Sports.
The legendary Pakistani bowler noted that India will have two of its finest bowlers bowl the final overs after Bumrah joins the team. Additionally, he believes that the team will want reliable bowlers who can bowl when necessary.
He asserted that it was improper to take someone by the hand. If you are not used to the pressure, bowling is difficult, according to Akram. It goes without saying that being able to perform well under extreme pressure is another crucial skill for a bowler.