Bhuvneshwar Kumar is an important part of India’s limited-overs setup, bowling tight lines and giving few extras. For the first time in more than five years, Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivered a no-ball in the second One-Day International between India and Sri Lanka. Kumar last bowled a no-ball in October 2015. He has also overstepped for the first time while bowling his last 3093 deliveries in international cricket.
While bowling to Sri Lankan Minod Bhanuka, Kumar bowled a no-ball off the first delivery of the fifth over. However, Kumar’s following ball, which was a Free Hit, which did not cost him as he delivered a slower delivery to elude the batsman.
Bowling a no-ball is an unpleasant experience for every bowler. And it may be costly in all formats of cricket, when a bowler oversteps, the other team is also granted a Free Hit off the next delivery but In Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s case, the opponents rarely get the advantage of Free Hit because of Kumar’s disciplined bowling.
In the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s role will be very crucial for team India as he bowls the opening spell and even the death overs. He has the ability to swing the ball in both directions. He also has the skill of bowling accurate Yorkers and slower delivery in death overs.