Bhuvneshwar Kumar hasn’t had Jasprit Bumrah at the other end: Brad Hogg

Written by Abhishek Patil

Brad Hogg has brushed aside concerns about Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s bowling, saying that the pacer will come good in the World Cup when he is playing alongside Jasprit Bumrah.

Kumar has been under the spotlight for his bowling in the death overs as he has conceded a lot of runs in pressure situations. In the first T20I against Australia recently, the 32-year-old conceded 16 runs as Matthew Wade took him apart.

“Indian fans are worried about Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s bowling in the death overs. As an overseas fan, I am happy because it plays into Australia’s favour. But Indian fans, don’t worry because he hasn’t had Bumrah at the other end to apply that pressure. In the World Cup, he will, so that’s where the batters will feel they need to go hard at Bhuvneshwar. That’s where his wicket-taking ability comes in,” said Hogg.

The former Australian spinner also said that Kumar has bowled more at the death than anyone else and has a wealth of experience behind him. Hogg feels that Kumar will get the job done in Australia, especially when the bigger boundaries will come into play.

“He has bowled more balls in the 19th over than anyone else in the past one and a half year. So he has a wealth of experience with him. The Indian management are backing him. So don’t worry, he will do the job in Australia, especially playing at the bigger boundaries of the MCG at the Optus Stadium,” said Hogg.

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