India was eliminated from the Asia Cup after suffering a humiliating loss to Afghanistan in their last match of the continental competition. While the news was focused on the former Indian captain Virat Kohli’s historic 71st century in international cricket, the experienced bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar broke the back of the Afghani chase with his second five-wicket haul in Twenty20 Internationals. According to a statement made by a former Indian opener named Wasim Jaffer, after this performance, there should be no question about Bhuvneshwar’s ability to bowl with the new ball.
The Men in Blue, under the guidance of KL Rahul, who was acting as the team’s captain in his absence, achieved the best score of the competition so far by scoring a total of 212 runs. Virat Kohli, who scored a century, and KL Rahul, who scored 119 runs together for the first wicket, established the tone for the remainder of the game with their aggressive partnership. And when the Afghan side came out to bat in pursuit of the chase, they were on the receiving end of a scintillating bowling spell by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who returned with mindblowing bowling figures of 4/5 in his four overs.
Wasim Jaffer, a former Indian opener, was a guest on the program BatBricks7 Presents Run Ki Runneeti, which aired on CricTracker. During his appearance on the show, he claimed that there should be no doubt about the seasoned pacer’s talents with the new ball. Even though he has not been performing at his peak level in the death match, he is still considered to be one of the greatest in the industry.
“Unfortunately, he has leaked runs in the death overs in the tournament. It is outstanding to take two five-wicket hauls in T20I cricket. But I don’t think there was any doubt about his new ball bowling, and I don’t think there will be any doubt about his new-ball bowling in the future. It’s just that he did not have two good games where he was taken for runs at the death,” Wasim Jaffer said.
When questioned about Bhuvneshwar’s poor performance in the later parts of the matches during the Asia Cup, the former cricketer turned analyst brought up the difficulties of bowling in the death overs as an additional point of discussion. According to him, the most difficult obstacle for bowlers is to be successful with both the new ball and the old ball. However, the best bowlers are able to overcome this obstacle, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one of those great bowlers.
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