Legendary India batter Sunil Gavaskar stated that senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar being taken for plenty of runs at the death overs is “an area of concern” for India, with the Men’s T20 World Cup to begin in Australia from next month.
In their last three T20Is where India have looked to defend and failed to do so, Bhuvneshwar has conceded 16, 14 and 19 runs (in Tuesday’s four-wicket loss to Australia in first T20I) in the 19th overs, enabling the visitors to pull off a chase of 209 with four balls to spare. In the penultimate over in T20Is this year, Bhuvneshwar has leaked 97 runs at an economy rate of 12.12.
“Somebody like a Bhuvneshwar Kumar is going for so many runs every single time, when he is expected. In 18 deliveries he has bowled in three matches which Indian have lost against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and now Australia, he has given away 49 runs. It is almost three runs per ball. Somebody with his experience and calibre, you expect he will maybe give 35-36 runs in those 18 deliveries. That has not happened and now that really is an area of concern,” said on ‘Sports Today’ after the match ended.
Gavaskar felt that the return of pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, who didn’t play in first T20I, may help ease India’s death-bowling concerns. “What we have seen in the last few years is that it has been one of the areas where India has suffered. They have not been able to defend good scores.
“Maybe when Bumrah comes in, it might be a completely different situation because he gets wickets at the top. India didn’t get those either as Australia got off to a flying start. Having said that, it’s only the first match. Don’t forget, Australia are world champions. They are expected to do extraordinary things.”