The bowlers for India have consistently given up too many runs at the end of innings in previous T20I losses, but Australia great Brad Hogg has supported one of the bowlers

India’s bowlers have a history of surrendering too many runs near the end of the innings in prior T20I losses. This was the scenario when Sri Lanka and Pakistan met in the Asia Cup in 2022. Sadly, it persisted when Australia and India faced off in the first T20I in Mohali, as Aaron Finch and company successfully chased down a challenging mark of 209 to win by 4 wickets in the three-match series.

Particularly the pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar received harsh criticism for his poor death-bowling efforts. In the 19th over of Australia’s innings on Tuesday, the 32-year-old let up 16 runs after being well beaten by wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade with three straight fours. In the end, Bhuvneshwar had terrifying numbers from his four overs of 0/52.

Despite rumors that Bhuvneshwar’s job could be in danger, former Australia spinner Brad Hogg supports the Indian seamer to succeed in the next T20 World Cup in Australia. Hogg believes Bhuvneshwar will regain his rhythm and develop more confidence in the upcoming games, including of course the World Cup, with Jasprit Bumrah returning to the lineup.

“The bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the last overs has Indian supporters concerned. I’m pleased because it benefits Australia as a supporter from the outside. But don’t worry Indian supporters; he doesn’t have Bumrah on the opposite end to put that pressure on. He will play in the World Cup, therefore the batters at Bhuvneshwar will feel pressure to play aggressively. That’s where his knack for getting wickets comes in “in a video that he released on his Instagram page, Hogg stated.

At the T20 World Cup, Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah, Harshal Patel, and Arshdeep Singh are India’s four fast bowling options. Having said that, Bumrah and Harshal are assured, but it will be intriguing to watch who will partner them between Bhuvneshwar and left-arm fast Arshdeep.

“In the previous 1.5 years, he has bowled more balls in the 19th over than anybody else. He, therefore, carries a plethora of expertise. The management in India is behind him. So don’t worry, he will perform as expected in Australia, especially while playing at the Optus Stadium’s larger limits at the MCG,” said Hogg.

Source – Hindustan Times