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.
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.
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Batting Career Summary
Bowling Career Summary
|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 South Africa at Boland Park, Jan 21, 2022|
|T20 Debut||vs Pakistan at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Dec 25, 2012|
|Last T20||vs South Africa at Barabati Stadium, Jun 12, 2022|
|IPL debut||vs Punjab Kings at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, May 08, 2011|
|Last IPL||vs Punjab Kings at Wankhede Stadium, May 22, 2022|
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.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (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 yorker 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.
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, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (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.
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32 years (5 February 1990).