Batting Wins You Sponsorships, Bowling Wins You Championships: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Written by Abhishek Patil

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is happy Sunrisers Hyderabad batters are giving the bowlers plenty of runs to defend in the ongoing IPL 2024. On Saturday, SRH batter racked up 267/7 against Delhi Capitals which is the third time this year the franchise has posted a team total in excess of 250.

While SRH batters might be taking all the limelight, Bhuvneshwar gave a timely reminder that on pitches which are quite friendly to batters in T20 cricket, it’s the bowlers who ultimately win a team tournaments.

“Bowling is something which wins you matches. I don’t know who said this but ‘batting wins you the sponsorships and bowling wins you the championships’. That’s very well said. When you defend, almost 250 (tonight) but it came down to the last few overs. The way we are bowling is pretty good. Looks bad on the scoreboard but the way we have executed our plans it’s pretty good,” Bhuvneshwar said after the match.

Travis Head (89 off 32), Shahbaz Ahmed (59* off 29) and Abhishek Sharma (46 off 12) helped SRH post another mammoth total on a lifeless pitch. SRH bowlers were prepared for some spanking too but Bhuvneshwar Kumar was superb in the Powerplay as he bowled two overs for one wicket and 15 runs during the phase.

While batters dominated the show from either side, SRH pacers managed to hold their own. T Natarajan was the star performer with the ball, finishing with excellent figures of 4/19 from four overs.

Nitish Reddy (2/17) and Bhuvneshwar (1/33) were impressive too as SRH bowled out DC for 199 to win by 67 runs.

“When you’re defending those many runs, either you go for plenty of runs or you get them out within 150. We accepted the fact defending those many runs, we will go for plenty of runs. We wanted to keep executing our plans, keep thinking the right way,” Bhuvneshwar said.

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