New Zealand’s first innings ended for 249 in the final of the World Test Championship. India’s first innings was bowled out for 217 runs. In this sense, New Zealand managed to take a lead of 32 runs in the first innings. Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma bowled brilliantly for India. Shami took 4 and Ishant took 3 wickets.
However, New Zealand were able to take the lead due to captain Kane Williamson’s patience and Tim Southee’s aggressive innings. Former Indian cricket team opener Akash Chopra believes that Team India is missing Bhuvneshwar Kumar in this match. Actually, swing on the Southampton pitch is quite suitable for bowling. He believes there is no real swing bowler in the Indian camp compared to New Zealand’s Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee. Ishant Sharma only stays around a few Kiwi bowlers.
Aakash Chopra was asked by a cricket fan whether Team India is not missing Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the current circumstances? In response to the question on his YouTube channel, Akash said, ‘Definitely it is hurting. Swinging conditions can be used only when a swing-like ball comes out of your hand. Colin DeGrandholm, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult are experts in swinging respectively. Ishant Sharma Still let’s be around. The rest of our bowlers are very low. They don’t swing, they are seam bowlers.
Aakash Chopra feels Bhuvneshwar Kumar could have been perfect in Southampton and troubled the Kiwi batsmen. He said, ‘It is definitely a problem that those who are faster have a little less swing. The one whose hand seams very well, the one who is a seam bowler is not a swing bowler. Yes, he can swing through the seam with a slight slant, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a master at it. I say that Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar both names should have been considered for this tour.
The former India opener said, ‘India is definitely missing Bhuvneshwar Kumar. There are three special things in them. First of all, he does wonders with the new ball. Second, he is capable of casting long spells. His third specialty is that he can also bat. Meaning we will bat, bowl, swing, and long spells. He can do everything for Team India.
Let us tell you that Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been selected for the Indian team touring Sri Lanka. He is the vice-captain of the team. Team India will play a limited-over format series on the Sri Lanka tour.