The exclusion of seasoned pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the Indian squad for the upcoming 5-match T20I series against Australia has become a talking point among cricket fans. The selectors, in a strategic move, have opted for a fresh approach by sidelining the experienced swing bowler, raising questions about the future of his international career.
Bhuvneshwar’s absence is particularly conspicuous in the context of his recent stellar performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, where he showcased his ability to swing the ball effectively and claimed an impressive tally of 16 wickets. Many anticipated his return to the national squad, especially after the senior bowlers were rested, but the selectors seem to have different plans.
The decision to exclude him hints at a possible shift in the team’s strategy, aiming to explore new bowling options and infuse fresh talent into the pace department. This move is underscored by the selectors’ confidence in players who excelled during the Ireland tour and the Asian Games, leading to the appointment of Suryakumar Yadav as the captain and Ruturaj Gaikwad as the vice-captain.
Yuzvendra Chahal and Sanju Samson also didn’t get a place in the squad
While fans await an official statement from the team management, the omission of Bhuvneshwar becomes a pivotal moment in Indian cricket’s evolving dynamics. The seasoned pacer, known for his ability to swing the ball both ways and provide crucial breakthroughs, has been a stalwart in the team’s bowling lineup across formats.
The fans are left speculating about the reasons behind his exclusion and pondering the implications for the team’s performance in the upcoming T20 series against Australia. Bhuvneshwar plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has performed exceptionally well for the franchise over the past few years.
However, the selectors’ emphasis on players who shone in recent tours and domestic competitions signals a potential transition in the fast-bowling department. Apart from Bhuvneshwar, players like Yuzvendra Chahal and Sanju Samson are also snubbed from the squad.
Here’s how fans reacted:
Two minute silence for those who is backing Bhuvi
— Sujeet Suman (@sujeetsuman1991) November 20, 2023
Justice for bhagta hua spinner.
— Mirzay. (@lmaomirzay) November 20, 2023
Everyone saw this is coming…
— The Random Guy (@RandomTheGuy_) November 20, 2023
And his IPL contract is also in danger now 🤔
— Tanveer Hassan (@tanveercric56_) November 20, 2023
He is master of swing why india not choose him
— Ab khan (@Rbazkhann) November 20, 2023
Consider Krna Chyie Tha
— आदेश कुमार (@wokeindian14) November 20, 2023
Bhuvi we need youuu!!
— Yash Shrivastava (@ImYshrivastava) November 20, 2023
He was very Good in pace ❤️
— Haider. (@Notyourhaider_) November 20, 2023
Bumrah ke baad yehi ek bowler acchaa hai 😥
— A K $ H A Y (@Akshay_Patil_07) November 20, 2023