Aakash Chopra believes Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s skills would have been invaluable to Team India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final, as the swing bowler could have contributed in a variety of ways.
Despite the fact that the fourth day’s play was rained out, the WTC final remains intriguingly poised. While the Indian seamers have kept the flow of runs in New Zealand’s opening innings under control, their lack of swing has been criticized.
When asked if India is feeling the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Aakash Chopra said yes in a video posted on his YouTube account. He went on to say:
“India is definitely missing Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He has three special aspects as well. Firstly, he does magic with the new ball. Secondly, he bowls the long spells. And the third thing is that he can bat as well. He could have done everything for Team India.”
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, according to the former Indian batter, should have played the out-and-out swing bowler role like his Kiwi counterparts. Ishant Sharma is the only Indian bowler who can get adequate swing, according to Chopra, with Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah relying more on seam movement. He continued, ”
“Swinging conditions can only be utilized if the ball leaves your hand accordingly. We saw Colin de Grandhomme getting a lot of swing, then Southee, Jamieson and Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma is still somewhere close but the other two are far behind. They don’t swing the ball, they are seam bowlers.”
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In India’s 2014 tour of England, Bhuvneshwar Kumar collected 19 wickets in five Tests. With the bat, he scored 247 runs, including three half-centuries.
“You could have considered both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar” – Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra stressed the importance of swing bowling and concluded by claiming that both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar should have been included in India’s plans for the England visit. He stated, ”
“Whoever is quicker in the air, he gets slightly lesser swing. A seam bowler is not a swing bowler. To get the swing, you need to tilt the seam slightly and Bhuvneshwar Kumar does that thing very nicely. I would say you could have considered both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar for this tour of England.”
With Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s recent injury history, there were concerns about his ability to play in the longest version of the game. That could explain why he was not selected for the England tour and instead chosen in India’s squad for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka.
These Kiwis don’t drop anything in the slips ….
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