Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been added to the T20I squad for the upcoming series against England.
The pace spearhead of Team India has returned to the circuit after a long injury lay-off. And, former India cricketer VVS Laxman feels that he will play a vital role for India in the upcoming T20 World Cup which will take place later this year. However, he also said that the pacer’s workload management needs to be prioritised as well.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar had sustained a thigh muscle injury while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad during last year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE which ruled him out of the league as well as India’s tour of Australia too where India registered a convincing victory. However, now in Jasprit Bumrah’s absence, he will have to step up and do well.
“I still feel great and happy that Bhuvneshwar has regained fitness because he’s such an important bowler, especially in white-ball cricket for India,” Laxman said on Star Sports’ ‘Cricket Connected’. “Apart from Jasprit Bumrah, if there’s anyone in that Indian bowling line-up who has got the experience of bowling not only with the new ball but also at the death.”
“He is such an important member”: VVS Laxman on Bhuvneshwar Kumar
“He is such an important member, we have to look after Bhuvneshwar Kumar the fast bowler because he will be playing a very important role, come November when the World Cup will happen,” Laxman further added.
However, the Laxman hopes Bhuvneshwar Kumar to play not more than two games in the five-match T20I series against England, beginning in Ahmedabad on Friday. “I hope that he doesn’t play all the five matches. I think he can be rested in between,” he expressed.
On the other hand, VVS Laxman said the wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul could fit as another opener along with Rohit Sharma. He again shared that Shikhar Dhawan could be a back-up option as there is no doubt on Rohit Sharma’s place as he is one of the best openers in white-ball cricket in recent time. However, Dhawan too has some really good performances in recent times since IPL 2020 and Vijay Hazare Trophy.
“I will still go with KL Rahul because over the last few months and years, I think the Indian team management went with KL Rahul as an opening batsman and he has done really well in that position. You have someone as experienced as Shikhar Dhawan, who can be the backup opener in case one of these openers Rohit Sharma/KL Rahul gets injured or lose their form,” he concluded.