Sunil Gavaskar advises Bhuvneshwar Kumar to get back to basics, names his replacement

In the one-day international series against South Africa, Bhuvneshwar Kumar struggled. As a result, questions regarding his position in Team India began to emerge. Team India’s pace bowling was originally led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. His ability to swing the ball had made him a huge success, but he hasn’t been able to use it successfully in a long time. In recent years, pace bowling has been the most significant component of India’s success. Still, Bhuvi’s performance may cause him some concern, as the competition in this area has become quite fierce. 

Meanwhile, renowned batsman Sunil Gavaskar has expressed his thoughts on Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Gavaskar believes Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the bowler who is currently on the selectors’ minds, but he is unsure about his prospects. He also stated that the youth should be given more opportunities now that Bhuvneshwar is taking a sabbatical.

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‘One name that comes to mind is Bhuvneshwar Kumar,’ Sunil Gavaskar said. At present, I have no idea what his future holds. He has slowed down. Furthermore, his accuracy was not apparent. He has lost the ability to swing the ball and take wickets at the start of an innings, as well as the ability to bowl at the conclusion. Now is the time for him to work hard and develop his fundamentals.

“I believe it is now time to consider Deepak Chahar. The younger man, who bowls similarly, swings it both ways and bats comfortably down the order. Bhuvi has been a fantastic servant of Indian cricket, but he has become prohibitively pricey in the last year or so, even in T20 cricket for the franchise.”

“Not so much at the start of the innings, but near the conclusion, where he used to bowl those brilliant yorkers and slower deliveries, they’re no longer functioning. And this is possible because the adversary is constantly watching you. Perhaps it’s time to have a look at someone else,” he added.

Deepak Chahar recently put in a fantastic performance against South Africa in the third One-Day International, scoring 54 off 34 balls and virtually single-handedly bringing India to the brink of victory. As a result, he’s being touted as a viable replacement for Bhuvi. Sunny Gavaskar has just added to that argument.

Bhuvneshwar was a member of the Indian team that was humiliated by South Africa in an ODI series in their own backyard, losing 0-3 in the series. 

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It is heartbreaking to witness a player of such stature go through such a difficult period. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was one of India’s top bowlers just a few years ago, but his performance plummeted during the COVID-19 break.

His IPL franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad, did not re-sign him ahead of the 2022 season. He’ll be attending the Mega Auction. 

After suffering a hip injury during a league game against Chennai Super Kings, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s career has been hampered by injuries, and he had to withdraw from IPL 2020 midway through. He was released by the 2016 champions Sunrisers Hyderabad, and it would be intriguing to watch whether the team in the forthcoming IPL 2022 super auction believes in him. 

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