South Africa has easily defeated India in the first two games of the five-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series at home. Despite the setbacks, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been a standout. After injuries threatened to destroy his career, the Indian fast bowler appears to have rediscovered his mojo. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was outstanding in the second T20I at Cuttack, capturing four wickets for 13 runs in four overs to keep India in the game.
Three of Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s four wickets at the Barabati Stadium came in powerplay overs, tying him with West Indies’ Samuel Badree and New Zealand’s Tim Southee for the most wickets taken in powerplay overs in T20Is.
In 59 games, the medium-pacer has taken 33 wickets during the powerplays with an economy rate of 5.66.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has dealt with back, hamstring, and thigh injuries in recent years, but is currently managing his body effectively. The pacer would look to repeat their performance and cement his place in the squad.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar will have the opportunity to seize the outright lead against South Africa in the third T20I on Tuesday in Visakhapatnam. The match will be very important as the third consecutive loss would cost the series to India.
India will be hopeful that Bhuvneshwar Kumar can replicate his performance from the previous encounter in Vizag. Other bowlers, on the other hand, would need to provide some help to Bhuvneshwar, something that cost India dearly in Cuttack.
India has a few possibilities on the bench, and it will be intriguing to watch if they are given a chance. Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik have yet to play for India, although one or both might make their debut in Visakhapatnam.