Bhuvneshwar Kumar has had the ball swinging in the first T20Is against England and so the rewards have come for the pacer. He was the best player with the ball and in the second T20I he returned with three wickets, including the prized scalp of Jos Buttler. This was the second time in the series that Bhuvneshwar defeated England captain Buttler. This performance helped Team India beat England by 49 runs in the second T20I, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
As soon as Bhuvneshwar fired Buttler, Twitter was flooded with praise for the swing bowler.
— Rakshit (@4evrrUnited) July 9, 2022
Bhuvi remember the name
Taken Jos Buttler & Jason Roy wicket is such a gift to Team India. Bhuvneshwar Kumar what a player, Bhuvi will also do wonders in the T20 World Cup, Take A BOW to Bhuvi, The Swing King Bhuvi
#INDvsEND #T20WorldCup #Bhuvic pic.twitter.com/yoVffP8kZK
— Ashutosh Srivastava (@kingashu1008) July 9, 2022
What a call to get up against the stumps so Buttler couldn’t walk into the swing and wipe him out, and what a catch.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar now swings the ball every match.
— IPL 2022 (@iplthebest) July 9, 2022
— Kohli 18 & devilliers 17 (@Maksiwoql) July 9, 2022
Obviously it’s Bhuvi who got Buttler #ENGvIND
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) July 9, 2022
Brilliant keep and brilliant review to fire Jos Buttler!
PS: Bhuvi owns Buttler pic.twitter.com/ZqZ2l8xHqh
— Akshat (@AkshatOM10) July 9, 2022
Buttler looks like Finch to bhuvi
— Crime Master Gogo (@Crime_Mr_Gogo) July 9, 2022
Just reminding Buttler even in the first RR vs SRH match did salsa under the spell of Bhuvi don’t get this certain gentleman hyped
— mr t-man (@techsaturation) July 10, 2022
On the third ball of the third over. Bhuvneshwar pushed his height up a little and the delivery bent over Buttler. The batter appeared to play a drive, but he managed to edge it to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. The on-field umpire didn’t think so, but captain Rohit Sharma went for a review, and replays showed there was a spike, overturning the decision.
Aside from Jason Roy and Buttler, Bhuvneshwar also fired Richard Gleeson and so he returned with a 3-15 spell. After the match, Bhuvneshwar Kumar spoke to reporters at a post-match press conference and spoke about how the ball is swinging for him in the UK, his mindset and whether he is looking forward to playing Test Cricket for India.
“Honestly I don’t know. I’ve been to England many times and it hasn’t swayed for the past few series so yeah even I was a little surprised the ball swayed and it’s been swinging for a long time especially in T20 cricket and there’s also a bit more bounce in the wicket when the ball swings you enjoy it more honestly I don’t know if I’m swinging it it’s the condition or it’s the ball If the ball swings that’s my strength, so I then look for attacking options. In both games the ball swung and I attacked and that’s why I got the wickets,” said Bhuvneshwar.
India and England take on the 3rd T20I at Trent Bridge on Sunday evening.