Bhuvneshwar Kumar


Bhuvneshwar Kumar made his international debut in the shortest form of the game on December 25, 2012, and he straightaway ripped through Pakistan's top-order at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The way he set-up batsmen with some quality swing bowling impressed many and his ODI debut was not too far away.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar

He was selected for the ODI series against Pakistan which followed the T20Is. With his very first ball, he removed Mohammad Hafeez with an absolute ripper and eventually ended up with figures of 2/27 in his 9 overs.

With the selectors looking for pacers, who could take wickets upfront, it was just a matter of time before Bhuvneshwar would get his Test cap. The selectors gave him the nod and Bhuvneswhar got his Test cap in Chepauk against Australia in February 2013. He did not pick up any wicket in his short spell on a turning wicket, but he impressed with a gritty 38 lower down the order, giving good company to skipper MS Dhoni who was thrashing the visitors.

Bhuvneshwar was born on 5 February 1990 and hails from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. He represents Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket. He came into prominence during the Duleep Trophy in 2012-13 when he made a match-changing 312-ball 128 runs in the second semi-final for Central Zone against North Zone. He also holds the unique record of becoming the first player to remove Sachin Tendulkar for a duck in Indian domestic cricket when he knocked him over in the 2008-09 Ranji Trophy final.

His Indian Premier League career was kick started by the Bangalore franchise and later, he went on to represent Pune India, who signed him in 2011.

Bhuvneshwar was picked up in the Indian ODI squad for the Champions Trophy in 2013. He was later selected for the tri-nation tournament where he posted his career best figures of 4-8 against Sri Lanka. He was awarded the Man of the Series in that tournament after he finished the series with most wickets.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar

He continued to be a regular member of the side for the limited-overs format and toured South Africa and New Zealand. Unfortunately, he did not have many wickets against his name to show for. He was bought by Hyderabad in the 2014 IPL Auctions for 4.25 crore and was also named in India's squad for the World T20, a tournament in which he impressed with the new ball. He did well in the Test series in England in 2014, finishing the series as the highest wicket-taker. He also made notable contributions with the bat, registering three fifty-plus scores 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 dodgy fitness did not allow him to be part of the playing eleven. He played only one game against UAE and looked quite out of touch.

Since then, Bhuvneshwar has just been a passenger across various Indian teams, played only when the conditions are deemed helpful for his style of bowling. As such, his 2016 season was restricted to just four Tests - one of them almost a complete washout. Still, Bhuvneshwar left a mark - taking two five-wicket hauls, one each against West Indies and New Zealand.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Interesting trivia: Bhuvneshwar Kumar's maiden wickets in T20Is, ODIs and Tests were all bowled. He is the first bowler with that record.