’18 months ago, he didn’t have a career. Now a certainty for India at World Cup’ | Cricket

With the T20 World Cup three months away, it is India’s chance to bury the ghost of last year’s World Cup and start fresh. A lot has changed between now and then – Rohit Sharma has replaced Virat Kohli as India’s captain and Rahul Dravid has taken over the coaching duties from Ravi Shastri. So, in the first ICC event of the Rohit-Dravid era, India will aim to go full steam ahead. This is evident through India’s experiments in each series, they are trying different combinations to settle on the best paying XI and the squad for the T20 World Cup.

Not only in the support staff but also in the competitive players there has been a personnel change. At this time last year, the likes of Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Arshdeep Singh or Shubman Gill were not in the mix, but the experienced duo of DK and Bhuvi are back on the selectors’ radar, while Gill, Arshdeep and several youngsters have impressed immensely.

Bhuvneshwar in particular has come across as a completely different cricketer. After dealing with form and fitness issues, it looked like the end was near for Bhuvneshwar, but the way he rediscovered his mojo, getting wicked with pace and outswingers, gave his team an early breakthrough. Weighing in on Bhubaneswar’s resurgence, former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar feels that the performances of India’s senior pacer will earn him automatic selection for India in the T20 World Cup.

“Bhuvneshwar Kumar recently gave an interview, and he is at his peak at the moment. Eighteen months ago, we thought he wouldn’t have an international career. But he has bounced back brilliantly and is sure to make the T20 World Cup squad,” he told Sports18’s daily sports news show ‘Sports Over the Top’. Told to

Since the T20 World Cup last year, Bhuvneshwar has picked up 20 wickets for India in 15 matches, with a best of 4/13 against South Africa in Vizag. Unlike many other senior Indian cricketers, Bhuvneshwar hasn’t taken a break, which Manjrekar feels has worked even better for the 32-year-old quick.

“Bhuvneshwar Kumar has made it clear that when you’re in a rut with a lot of players, that’s the best way to get out of the game. So hopefully that will happen soon,” he said.


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