Mumbai: A fit and in-form Bhuvneshwar Kumar would have been Team India’s biggest asset on the England tour. Under ideal circumstances, none of the Indian fast bowlers ahead of Bhubaneswar are able to give tickets to the United Kingdom.
In a country where how you swing and throw the seam, and how you combat it determines a large part of the team’s fortunes, the Meerut-born seamer would have been the perfect arsenal to carry along. Still he is not in the team. Right now, Bhubaneswar is not injured, as has often been the case in his career, especially in the last four years. Unlike last year, when he dropped out of the Australia series due to a thigh injury, he suffered during a IPL game, he is fit for most part of this year.
The Syed Mushtaq Ali and Vijay Hazare tournament saw the 31-year-old finding a place for himself in the ODIs and T20s against England, where he impressed, and it seemed as if he was moving again. So where is Bhubaneswar now? Those keeping track of the bowler’s career and cricket say that he is “focused on the next”
T20 opportunities are coming. Bhubaneswar no longer wants to play Test cricket. That drive has disappeared, “he says. Those who have watched him up close insisted that he made a big change in his work-practice a few seasons ago, away from heavy weight training, white ball rest. Falling into greed and avoiding those hour-long spells are integral to red-ball cricket.
“To be honest, the selectors don’t even see Bhuvi hungry for 10 overs, forget Test cricket. There is no doubt that this is a defeat for Team India, because if a bowler should have made it to England, he would have Should have, ”the trackers say. development.