Ex India cricketer has questioned the exclusion of Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the Indian squad against South Africa. The experienced pacer was neglected by the Indian selectors from all the squads. Many expected Bhuvneshwar to be a part of at least one of the formats, given his performance in domestic cricket recently. But the Indian management and selectors does not seem to be too interested with the pacer.
Bhuvneshwar last played a match for India in the semifinal of the T20 World Cup 2022 against England. Since then, the right-arm pacer has not been picked by the India team in any format. Given his recent form, Kumar was expected to be in either ODIs or T20Is. The fact that the key pacers were selected only for the Test series against South Africa, it was not meant to be.
The experienced pacer performed well earlier this year in the IPL 2023 for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Kumar executed Yorkers well in the death overs and was very good with the new ball. Even in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2023 and the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2023, Bhuvneshwar bowled some very good spells. Many anticipated about his return to the Indian side.
‘Am really surprised that @BhuviOfficial is not part of any of the white ball squads’ – RP Singh
Reports also suggested that he might be in consideration for a comeback, owing to his current form in domestic cricket. Like many, RP Singh was also surprised at the decision of the Indian selectors. The former Indian cricketer said that he observed Bhuvneshwar closely and claimed that the pacer seemed to be in great shape and spirit. Singh took to X and gave his opinion.
“Am really surprised that @BhuviOfficial is not part of any of the white ball squads for South Africa tour. I have seen him closely this season and he looked in great shape and spirit,” wrote RP Singh. The left-arm pacer represented India in all the formats and helped the team to win the T20 World Cup 2007 in South Africa. For Deccan Chargers, RP Singh was the leading wicket taker in the season they won in the IPL 2009.