The premier fast bowler of the Indian team Bhuvneshwar Kumar was not selected in the squad for the tour to England, where the Indian team has to play the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand and then a five-Test series against England. Some news agencies published the news that Bhubaneshwar himself does not want to play Test cricket anymore and want to concentrate on limited over cricket. But now Bhubaneshwar has denied these things by tweeting himself.
There have been articles about me not wanting to play Test cricket. Just to clarify, I have always prepared myself for all three formats irrespective of the team selection and will continue to do the same.— Bhuvneshwar Kumar (@BhuviOfficial) May 15, 2021
Suggestion – please don’t write your assumptions based on “sources”!
Bhuvneshwar tweeted, ‘There are reports about me that I do not want to play Test cricket, but I want to clarify that I have always prepared myself for selection for all the three formats and will continue to do so. I suggest that you do not write your assumptions based on the sources. ‘
Earlier there were reports that Bhuvneshwar Kumar no longer wants to play in the longer format because he has no enthusiasm to play Test cricket. He now wants to shift his focus from Test to limited overs cricket. In limited overs cricket, he is happy with bowling less and longer spells in Test cricket, he no longer likes it. For all these reasons, he has decided to distance himself from the long format.
Talking about Bhuvneswar’s Test career, he has taken 63 wickets in 21 Tests at an average of 26.1 and strike rate of 53.14. In England, he has taken 19 wickets in five Tests. He has also scored 552 runs with an average of 22 and three half-centuries in Tests.
He last played a Test match in 2018 in South Africa. He then bowled brilliantly in the Johannesburg Test against South Africa and played a key role in the team’s victory. However, after this, he did not get a chance in Test cricket and continued to play limited-overs cricket. Bhubaneswar was injured in the previous season of IPL, due to which he could not join the tour of Australia. Due to not being fit, he did not even get a chance to play in the domestic Test series against England.
He played in the limited over series against the touring England team and then in the IPL.