Yuvraj Singh has expressed his wish to see a seasoned activist like Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the Indian squad against England. Team India will play against England in a 5-game test series starting August 4th at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
Bhuvneshwar recently took part in India’s White Ball tour of Sri Lanka with a secondary squad. He has not played a friendly match for the national team in about 3 years. His last game was against South Africa in Johannesburg. The reason for his absence is mainly due to his injuries, which have constantly burdened him.
As a result, he fell out of favor with national selectors when it came to test cricket. Team India will miss out on the upcoming Red Ball series against England, where conditions would have been ideal for the Uttar Pradesh bowler. In an interview with TOI, Yuvraj Singh said:
“We all have match winners. The conditions in England are really difficult. I believe India needs a swing bowler because with a dukes ball you should know how to swing it. They have fast bowlers – Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma – but we need someone like Bhuvneshwar Kumar.“
“If Bhuvneshwar Kumar is fit he should be part of the squad.” – Yuvraj Singh
The 31-year-old Bhuvneshwar Kumar showed a lot of potential in his early days. Bhuvneshwar is an absolute swing bowler like no other and also contributes with the racket, as could be seen on the India tour of England in 2014.
Unfortunately, due to his frequent fitness struggles, he hasn’t played that many games. All in all, Bhuvneshwar only played 21 Tests for India, claiming 63 wickets out of an average of 3/26. According to Yuvraj Singh, if he’s fit, he should be on the squad at any time.
“He’s the guy who swings the ball. Bhuvi is a seasoned bowler. And when he’s fit, he should definitely be part of the squad and given a chance. India needs someone who is experienced there (in England), like Bhuvi,“Claimed Yuvraj.
Before the first test, both teams have a weakened line-up. While England dealt a physical blow when Ben Stokes announced he was taking an indefinite hiatus due to mental health problems, Team India lost prelude, Mayank Agarwal, for the first test after being hit on the head during a network session.