Former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram has sent out a warning to Team India for its new-ball seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Akram believes the pacer might struggle on Australian pitches due to his lack of pace. Akram reckoned that Bhuvneshwar Kumar is effective with the new ball, but he needs the pace that could provide the impact in his bowling.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar might struggle
The right-arm pacer will likely lead India’s attack in the multi-nation event; however, his recent performances have left a lot to be desired. Barring figures of 4/26 against Pakistan and 5/4 against Afghanistan, Kumar has struggled for wickets in his last eight outings. The veteran has given away many runs in the death overs on multiple occasions.
Speaking to the Khaleej Times, Akram noted that while Kumar might struggle Down Under, he expects Australia’s bowling unit to dominate due to a better knowledge of pitches.
“India have Bhuvneshwar Kumar, he is good with the new ball, but with that pace, if the ball is not swinging, he will probably struggle there. But he is a very good bowler no doubt, swings both ways, has the yorker. But you need pace in Australia. It’s in Australia. The Australians will probably play well, they have a good bowling attack, they know those pitches.”
Team India left for Australia in the early morning hours of October 6 and are playing of the two practice games against Western Australia in the build-up for the tournament. The side will also face Australia and New Zealand in its two ICC warm-up games. The fans are eagerly waiting to witness the epic clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2022. The match is set to take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground(MCG) on October 23.
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