Classic Indian swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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2 min readNov 9, 2022

An unsung hero of Limited overs, a genuine fast bowler specialist from Utter Pradesh, India

Bhuvneshwar Kumar Singh is a first-class cricket player for Uttar Pradesh in the Indian Premier League and an international cricketer for India. One of the best swing bowlers in the world, according to many.

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First limelight

When Bhuvneshwar Kumar made his debut on Christmas Day in 2012 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, he immediately gained attention. He was born in Meerut, the city that produces the SG ball. This young talent was finely introduced to the world with a display of nagging swing bowling in the shortest format of the game in batting-friendly circumstances.

IPL Career

He was awarded an Indian Premier League (IPL) contract by Royal Challengers Bangalore as a result of his Ranji 2008–09 performances. He was signed by Pune Warriors India in 2011, however after the team disbanded in 2013, Sunrisers Hyderabad acquired him for 4.25 crores at the 2014 IPL Auction.

He collected 23 wickets while playing for the Indian Premier League champion Sunrisers in 2016, earning the Purple Cap award for the bowler with the most dismissals during the campaign. He was chosen as the group’s vice-captain in 2018. Bhuvi was purchased by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the mega-auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League for 4.20 crores.

Downfall

Bhuvi was expected to perform well in the 2015 World Cup. However, his poor fitness did not allow him to be part of the playing eleven. He played only one game against UAE.

Comeback

By the time of the 2017 Champions Trophy, he and Jasprit Bumrah were dominating the Indian ODI pace attack with a new weapon in their arsenal: the yorker. His career, however, took a turn for the better as he focused on his health and began to swing the white Kookaburra at pace.

He had started to bowl well with the old ball and was accurate with his yorkers; he was no longer the new-ball specialist who would be dismissed in the first 20 overs. He began to reverse-swing the ball after picking up the pace which became a problem for batsmen all around the world.

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