IND vs SA: Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar looking forward to getting back stronger after T20I series against South Africa
IND vs SA: After the fifth and final T20I against South Africa was called off, Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar stated, “I’m looking forward to returning back stronger physically and with my bowling.”
Rain forced the cancellation of the fifth and final T20I between India and South Africa at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. As a result, the series remains tied at 2-2 and will split between the two teams.
“Really proud. Body feels good, but I don’t want to talk much about it. Just want to focus on getting back stronger physically and with my bowling. Most of the times I bowl two at the top and two at the end,” said Bhuvneshwar after the match got abandoned.
“Being a senior, I also think about how to help the youngsters. I have been lucky that the captain gave me the free hand to do whatever I wanted. Pretty blessed in that way,” he added.
In the series, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took six wickets, four of which came in the second T20I match. In addition, he named Player of the Series.
India were 28/2 in 3.3 overs before the rain stopped play, with Shreyas Iyer (0*) and Rishabh Pant (1*).
South Africa chose to bat first, and India got off to a poor start. Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad dismissed after scoring 15 and 10 runs in the first four overs, respectively. Proteas bowler Lungi Ngidi gave a big blow to the Men in Blue as he dismissed both the openers under the powerplay.
Notably, India defeated the Proteas by 82 runs in the fourth match of the series to tie the series. When given the opportunity to bat first, India scored 169/6 in 20 overs, thanks primarily to the efforts of Dinesh Karthik (55) and vice-captain Hardik Pandya (46). In response, SA bundled out for only 87 points. With the ball, Avesh Khan shone for Men in Blue, taking 4/18.
India will now play Ireland in a two-match Twenty20 International series in Dublin on June 26 and 28.