Player Profile

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
India
Born February 05, 1990 ( 29 Yrs )
Birth Place Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
Height
Known As
Player Role Bowler
Player Bat Style Right Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style Right-arm fast-medium

Career Information - Teams

Royal Challengers Bangalore, Pune Warriors, India A, Central Zone, Uttar Pradesh, India, India Blue, Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Uttar Pradesh


ICC Rankings

TEST ODI T20
Batting
Bowling
All Rounder

Profile

It was a kind of headline that catches Indian eyes. First there was a mention of the word Tendulkar. ‘Teenage prodigy knocks over Tendulkar for a duck’. There was a whisper of a 19-year-old, who had worked out Sachin Tendulkar in the domestic circuit and bowled him out for his first ever duck in domestic first-class cricket.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, born in Meerut, the manufacturing home of the SG ball, shot into the limelight when he debuted on Christmas Day in 2012, making the white Kookaburra zip all around the Pakistani bats at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. A demonstration of nagging swing bowling in the shortest format of the game in batting-friendly conditions was a fine way to make the world sit up and take notice of this precocious talent.

Having made the usually unresponsive white Kookaburra talk in a high-pressure game against Pakistan, and with a dearth of quality fast-bowling in the country, Bhuvneshwar was given the nod by the selectors for the Chennai Test against Australia in 2013. Bhuvneshwar was selected in the ODI squad for the Champions Trophy in 2013. He was later selected for the tri-nation tournament where he claimed career best figures of 4-8 against Sri Lanka. He was awarded the Man of the Series, having finished the series with the maximum number of wickets.

He continued to be a regular member of the side for the limited-overs format and toured South Africa and New Zealand without much success as he started to lose his craft in his quest to find pace. He did well in the Test series in England in 2014, finishing the series as the highest wicket-taker, and getting his name up in the Lord’s honors board, as the raised seam of the Dukes helped him achieved prodigious movement in the air against the famed English batting line-up. He also made relatively exceptional contributions with the bat, registering three fifties in the series. After the conclusion of the home series against West Indies in 2014, the selectors rested him for the Sri Lanka series. He returned to the national side for India's tour of Australia but did not feature in the first three Test matches due to an ankle injury.

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. His 2016 season was restricted to just four Tests. Bhuvneshwar left a mark - taking two five-wicket hauls, one each against West Indies and New Zealand.

His career, however, took a turn for the better once he worked on his fitness and started to swing the white Kookaburra at pace and by the Champions’ Trophy of 2017, he and Jasprit Bumrah were leading the Indian ODI pace attack with a new weapon in his armoury - the yorker. He had started to bowl well with the old ball, getting his yorkers right, and was no longer the new-ball specialist who would get bowled out in the first 20 overs. Having picked up the pace as well, he started to reverse-swing the ball as well and became a headache for batsmen the world over.

In the Test fold, despite being picked for more helpful conditions, he continued to be an injury-replacement or an experimentation choice for the captain. However, after developing a scrambled seam delivery in the home series against Australia, and getting the ball to jag off the seam as well as move in the air, he had expanded his repertoire enough to become an indispensable asset to the Indian Test team. Having tormented the visiting Sri Lankan side, and even having South Africa’s famed top-order at sea in their own backyard, the sky is the limit for Bhuvneshwar. Unfortunately, he got injured at a crucial juncture before the tour of England in mid-2018, and got sidelined; a major setback for an Indian side which was relying on his skilful and reliable swing bowling along with his newly-developed scrambled-seam variation which might have tuned out to be pivotal given the English conditions. Nevertheless, with age on his side, and with a perfect blend of brain and brawn, the best is yet to come from this twinkle-eyed wizard from Meerut.

IPL through the years

SRH's go-to bowler at both ends of an innings. Be it picking up early wickets, or choking the opposition in death overs, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has done it all in the IPL. His baptism into the cash-rich league, wasn't quite as smooth though. After being picked as a rookie fast bowler ahead of the 2009 edition, Bhuvi didn't get any opportunities at the RCB in his first two years at the Franchise. Although he did play a lone game against Delhi Daredevils in 2009 Champions league, Bhuvi couldn't tick the wickets column and was subsequently overlooked in the shortest format.

In 2011, the then newest-franchise Pune Warriors signed him to be part of a relatively young side which included the likes of James Faulkner, Mitchell Marsh and Clauum Ferguson. Bhvi then became a constant in Pune Warriors' side and was one of the shining lights in an otherwise doomed franchise which ended up as one of the least successful sides in the history of IPL. Post the dissolution of Pune Warriors, SRH signed Bhuvi in 2014 and his growth in both international and IPL cricket became almost parallel as the lanky swing bowler continued to develop several variations to his game. He was one of the first players in IPL to use the knuckle ball to great advantage and those bundle of variations helped him clinch the Purple Cap (awarded for highest wicket-taker in the season) for two successive seasons, 2016 and 2017. With a slew of injuries upsetting his rhythm, Bhuvi couldn't replicate his success in the 2018 edition and missed a few crucial games for SRH.

By Rishi Roy


Career

TEST debut vs Australia at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Feb 22, 2013
Last TEST vs South Africa at New Wanderers Stadium, Jan 24, 2018
ODI debut vs Pakistan at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Dec 30, 2012
Last ODI vs West Indies at Queen's Park Oval, Aug 14, 2019
T20 debut vs Pakistan at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Dec 25, 2012
Last T20 vs West Indies at Greenfield International Stadium, Dec 08, 2019
IPL debut vs Kings XI Punjab at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, May 08, 2011
Last IPL vs Delhi Capitals at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, May 08, 2019

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 114 52 15 526 53 14.22 703 74.82 0 0 1 44 8
T20 42 9 5 23 9 5.75 29 79.31 0 0 0 0 0
Test 21 29 4 552 63 22.08 1225 45.06 0 0 3 77 1
IPL 117 43 19 183 24 7.62 192 95.31 0 0 0 17 3

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 114 113 5451 4568 132 42/5 42/5 5.03 34.61 41.3 1 0
T20 42 42 902 1047 39 24/5 24/5 6.96 26.85 23.13 1 0
Test 21 37 3348 1644 63 82/6 96/8 2.95 26.1 53.14 4 0
IPL 117 117 2612 3154 133 19/5 19/5 7.25 23.71 19.64 1 0