Sunil Gavaskar, the former India captain and batting star, remarked on day 5 of the World Test Championship (WTC) Final that he would have included Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the Indian lineup only for the crucial match against New Zealand. June is the rainy season in England, according to Gavaskar, and Bhuvneshwar, with his ability to swing the ball, would have been been the perfect bowler to be played in this match.
Gavaskar’s remark came after the Indian speed trio of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah bowled ineffectively in the first hour of play on day 5. The three Indian pacers kept things close, but they couldn’t regularly trouble the New Zealand batsmen. On day 5, Mohammed Shami eventually got Ross Taylor’s wicket after some tenacious batting by the latter.
“He (Bhuvneshwar) did play the IPL this time around and there wasn’t any injury concern. He did pull out of the September-October IPL but not this time. I would have included him just for this Test match because it is being played in June,” Gavaskar said. Before participating in the IPL this year, Bhuvneshwar made a good recovery in the limited-overs series against England at home. Rain has hampered the World Test Championship (WTC) Final so far. On the third day, New Zealand bowled India out for 217 runs after its fast bowlers put up a disciplined performance that broke the Indian batsmen’s resistance. The Indian pace trio of Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami kept things quiet on day three, but they were unable to take early wickets as the New Zealand openers put on a 70-run stand. Ravichandran Ashwin, the off-spinner, eventually broke the partnership. Towards the conclusion of Day 3, Ishant picked up the wicket of Devon Conway, but the Indian pacers were pretty ordinary in their performance in conditions that aided swing and seam bowling.