Boxing Day Test: Bhuvneshwar Kumar can provide India much needed boost
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was ruled out for the first two Tests against Australia due a left ankle injury, might play in the Boxing Day Test, scheduled to start on December 26 in Melbourne.
New Delhi: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was ruled out for the first two Tests against Australia due a left ankle injury, might play in the Boxing Day Test, scheduled to start on December 26 in Melbourne.
Inclusion of Bhuvi will give Indian bowling line up a much needed boost. Unlike Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron, the UP lad doesn't have that extra pace, but his impeccable line and length makes him a dangerous costumer.
The 24-year-old can swing the ball both ways and has a knack of providing early breakthroughs, especially with the red cherry.
The bowler has already proved his mettle many a times outside sub-continent. During the last overseas tour of England he emerged as the best bowler for the visiting team. He not only claimed 19 wickets but maintained an impressive economy of 2.92 as well.
In patches, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav looked impressive during the Brisbane Test, but India really missed Bhuvneshwar's services. With India trailing 0-2 in the four match series, Bhuvneshwar Kumar can emerge as a difference maker between both the teams.
Bhuvi is a disciplined bowler and can bowl long spells. But the biggest positive with him is he can contribute with the bat as well.
If Bhuvi is fit to play the third Test, then Indian skipper MS Dhoni might sacrifice Varun Aaron.