‘He’ll be a huge plus in T20 WC in Australia’: Gavaskar on India star | Cricket

India made a standout performance in a four-wicket defeat against South Africa on Sunday at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. The impressive performance of the 32-year-old gave the Indian team some hope before the 64-run stand between Henrik Klassen and David Miller helped the visitors bounce back in style and tie the chase in 18.2 overs. And despite the defeat, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar praised the Indian star.

Bhubaneswar Kumar made a sensational appearance in Cuttack in the second T20I of the five-match series. He dismissed opener Reza Hendricks in his first over with a perfect Inswinger and gave India a perfect start to save their total. In his next over, he edged Dwayne Pretorius with a knuckleball and he dismissed Rossi van der Dussen for just one run in his final over at Powerplay.

With the new ball, Bhubaneswar was 3 for 10 and South Africa were 29 for three at the end of the powerplay. For the first time in 10 years, Bhubaneswar took three wickets in powerplay. 2012 was the last match against Pakistan in Bangalore.

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“He was just outstanding. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a good thought … and skill level. When Reza Hendrix was on strike, he knew he was fighting the Einswinger. He got one right and struck him. Dwayne Pretorius walked forward and they decided to take him, “I got out of knockball. Just amazing control and execution,” former South African captain Graeme Smith told Star Sports after the match.

Bhuvneshwar returned for his final over to dismiss Wayne Parnell for just one run. And despite their efforts, India lost by 4 for 13 and India by 4 wickets. But Gavaskar applauded the experience of the game and explained why it would be a big plus for India at the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia.

“He was just talented. The white ball doesn’t swing much in the air or off the surface, but he is capable of that. And that’s why Rishabh Pant gave him a good wicket in that third over. There will be more carry and bounce, which I think is a big plus, ”he said.


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