Team India will be hoping to see a transformation in the limited-overs team with many ICC competitions in the future after a dismal showing in the ODIs against South Africa. The Men in Blue will be aiming for another ODI World Cup victory in 2023, and they will need to get back on track in ODIs. One of the key causes for the losses is the loss of the bowling department’s allure, and the Indian team, particularly in the pace department, requires a comprehensive overhaul.
The spearheads, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, are unable to carry the burden alone and require assistance from a third fast bowler to share the strain. There are numerous candidates for the post, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one that springs to mind and fits the bill.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been a member of the trio for a long time, but his form has recently declined. Deepak Chahar has attempted to fill Bhuvi’s shoes on several occasions. In terms of qualities, Chahar is extremely similar to Bhuvneshwar. He, too, has the ability to swing the ball both ways, bowl well at the death, and score runs down the under.
Sunil Gavaskar, a legendary Indian cricketer, has backed Deepak Chahar as a like-for-like replacement for Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
During a recent chat with Sports Today, Sunil Gavaskar said, “I think it’s time to look maybe at Deepak Chahar now. Younger man, who is pretty much a similar bowler, swings it both ways and bat handily down the order. Bhuvi has been a tremendous servant of Indian cricket, but in the last year or so, even in T20 cricket for the franchise, he has been expensive. So maybe it is time to look at somebody else.”
Sunil Gavaskar is disappointed with Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s recent performances and believes that a break will help Bhuvneshwar Kumar to improve his fundamentals. Gavaskar questioned whether the 31-year-old has a future with the Blues.
The batting legend concluded, “I am not even sure what kind of a future he has anymore. He has lost out on pace, the accuracy he had at the start where he was getting the ball to move and get the wickets and then again towards the end over, the way he was coming and bowling, that has probably deserted him and it’s time for him to go back to the basics and work hard. That’s the one name that comes to mind.”