Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been going through a lean patch in T20I cricket as he hasn’t been able to be as effective as he used to be in the death overs for India earlier. He has also failed to flourish under pressure in the Asia cup Super 4 matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well. In the first of a 3-match T20I series against Australia in Mohali on September 20, Bhuvneshwar conceded 52 runs without being able to pick up a wicket. Barring Axar Patel, none of the other India bowlers managed to restrict the Australian batters as the visitors successfully chased down 209 as well.
However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar failed to deliver in the 19th over for the third straight time as he gave away 16 runs in Mohali. In his last 2 overs, Bhuvneshwar gave away 31 runs as Australia chased down the target with 4 balls remaining. Bhuvneshwar gave away 49 runs in the last 3 19th overs he has bowled in T20I cricket – vs Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Asia Cup 2022 and the Mohali T20I against Australia respectively as well.
And, after that, he came under the scanner and faced trolls on social media after he conceded aplenty in the first T20I. However, his wife Nupur Nagar took a dig at the trollers. While taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s wife posted a strongly-worded message as well.
“Nowadays, people are so worthless, that they have nothing better to do and have so much time to spread hate and envy… My advise to all those is – nobody is affected by your words or care about your existence. So please spend that time in making yourself better, though there is very less scope for that!!” she wrote in an Insta story.
However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up a 5-wicket haul against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup as he showed signs of a return to form after the rather forgettable matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He also struggled to control his variations against Australia, bowling as many as 4 wide deliveries in his last 2 overs as well. But, it is worth mentioning, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been India’s leading wicket-taker in T20Is, having taken 31 wickets in 23 matches. He has conceded at less than 7 runs per over in 2022 as well and he will be looking to bounce back strongly and find his rhythm back ahead of the T20 World Cup, starting October 16 in Australia as well.