Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the 31-year-old pacer, has been one of India’s most prominent player to lead the team’s bowling attack and has seen an uphill climb in his career passing milestones that are not easy to conquer. He made his debut in a T20 game against Pakistan in 2012, a match with high stakes and even higher pressure.
Kumar, who currently plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, was born in Meerut in 1990 and has dedicated a significant part of his life to the sport and has successfully beamed up the ranks in the Indian Cricket Team.
In the early stages of his career, Kumar became the first and only player to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar, India’s very own ‘Masterblaster’, in domestic cricket. He bowled the historic delivery in a Ranji Trophy match.
In addition to the Indian Premier League, Kumar went on to excel in the Champions Trophy games as well. He led India’s bowling attack, along with Jasprit Bumrah, and guided India through the league stages, into the final.
However, Kumar has faced substantial speedbumps in his cricketing career, most of which have been caused by injuries with unfortunate timing. His injury curse continued for two consecutive world cups, in 2014 and 2019.
The highly celebrated player has managed to gather many serious accolades throughout his career, which has already spanned almost an entire decade. He became the only first Indian bowler to have five-wicket hauls in all three formats of the game in 2018. He later went on to breach the 100-wicket mark in the one-day format in January 2019.
Kumar, on March 20, 2021, became the ‘Man of the Match’ for his highly applauded performance against England. Not only did he break the crucial 130-run partnership between Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan, but his figures were also noteworthy. He stood out as the most economical bowler for India while giving out just 15 runs in four overs and helped seal the five-game series.