Former Team India bowling coach Bharat Arun has applauded new-ball bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh for their amazing spell against Pakistan at the T20 World Cup 2022 on Sunday, October 23. The duo set things up for India by rattling the Pakistan top order, leaving them reeling at 15-2 after four overs as well.
While talking about this, Arun wrote in his column for Cricbuzz: “The early advantage to India was handed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh after Rohit Sharma trusted them to do so by choosing to field first on that chilly night in Melbourne. The Indian team anyway backs themselves to be good chasers but the conditions on Sunday evening almost dictated that you let your fast bowlers have first go.”
However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who bowled the first over of the innings, troubled Mohammad Rizwan and only conceded a single run, which came off a wide delivery. Notably, he has been a constant presence in the Indian team, featuring in 25 out of the 33 T20Is in 2022 as well.
Calling him one of the best bowlers in the world in swinging the ball, Bharat Arun wrote: “To not let the Pakistani batters put bat to ball for the first 10 deliveries just tells you how good the new-ball duo was. The conditions were very well-suited for Bhuvi. He’s probably one of the best exponents of swing bowling in contemporary cricket. It’s always a good sign when Bhuvi is hitting speeds of 130-plus. That’s when he’s at his best. It tells me he’s in very good rhythm, and when he’s in good rhythm, Bhuvi starts getting that disconcerting bounce and also the carry because he’s bending his back. It is a very, very healthy sign for India.”
However, Arshdeep Singh too has done well for India ever since he made his debut. He claimed the wickets of both Babar Azam and Rizwan as well.
“The standout for me though was young Arshdeep with his ability to bring the ball in from the over-the-wicket angle to a right-hander. Batters around the world find it the most difficult lines to play. If the left-armer can keep doing it consistently, then he will be a handful for anyone during this World Cup. For him to come back strongly in a high pressure match like India-Pakistan and be spot-on, he didn’t seem nervous to me. These are the qualities I’m really looking for in a bowler,” Bharat Arun concluded.