Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Shami at the World Cup 2019

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Shami at the World Cup 2019? – With the biggest and most respected cricket tournament in the world just 3 weeks away now, the game plans, strategizing and best combinations by the participating countries are in full fledge. The quadrennial tournament is the pinnacle of a cricketer’s career and as each side looks to put forward its best bid to stake a claim for the alluring trophy, the Indian team is not far behind.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Shami at the World Cup 2019

The side have over the past year managed to get their hands on the missing link that was pushing them back from becoming a truly word class outfit. In a trio of outstanding and star pace options in Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami, the country today has perhaps the most lethal pace battery across the cricketing fraternity. It’s one that can make light work of any batting attack, something that bodes very strongly in India’s favour ahead of the world cup.

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While Jasprit Bumrah’s path to unprecedented success has seen him establish himself as one of the world’s best bowler, Bhuvneshwar and Shami are in themselves two bowlers who’re consistently sublime and graceful. However, with the Indian side expected to go in with just two specialist pacers in the playing XI, they have a momentous decision to make. At Tentaran, we take a look at who out of Bhuvneshwar and Shami, gets the nod to represent the country of the biggest stage of them all.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Shami at the World Cup 2019

Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Shami at the World Cup 2019

Judging solely on the basis of their performances in the Indian Premier League, it’s Shami who undoubtedly far outweighs Bhuvneshwar. While Shami finds himself in fourth place in the purple cap standing with 19 wickets from 14 matches, Bhuvneshwar has not given a great performance.

The IPL has seen Bhuvneshwar lose his sheen and shine as a pivotal fast bowler, failing to hit the right line and length throughout the 15 matches he represented the Sunrisers Hyderabad. A major reason for his side’s rampant success over the years, Bhuvneshwar’s failure to resonate those same rousing performances made SRH a negated force on the bowling front.

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It wasn’t’ just his lack of ability to get wickets but the incredible runs he gave away in each match especially with his death over bowling becoming a debacle. He gave away 55 runs against KKR with 45 of those coming in the final 2 at an economy rate of 22.5 as he was hit for 9 boundaries. Against Delhi in the eliminator, he was carted for 42 runs off his 4 overs, bringing an end to what has been an extremely dejected campaign for him.

However, the IPL doesn’t take away from Bhuvneshwar’s understated grace and sublime skill set. He has the best economy rate in the IPL at 6.03 in the powerplay over with 43 wickets in those overs and he features in the death overs as well with a staggering 69 wickets at 8.66 in his kitty. He’s worked on his bowling rigorously, getting the ball to pitch in all the requisite areas, cramping the batsmen up for a room with pace, bounce and massive swing.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Shami at the World Cup 2019

Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Shami at the World Cup 2019

Bhuvneshwar’s recent form at the international stage in ODIs is what really makes his case for selection in India’s world cup team. In 2019 alone against Australia and New Zealand, he picked up a cumulative of 19 wickets, giving away just 425 runs as he crossed the symbolic milestone of 100 wickets as well. In Bumrah’s absence, Bhuvneshwar took no time in taking over the mantle of the spearhead of the side, taking all the onus of himself to deliver incise performances.

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On the other hand, Shami who had a really good IPL has been in terrific form over the last year. Ever since regaining fitness after an injury that kept him out for a good period of time, the work Shami has put into his bowling has shown. It was a factor alluded to by Virat Kohli as well when the Indian side scripted a golden chapter in its cricketing books after defeating Australia in Australia in a test series for the first time in 71 years.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Shami at the World Cup 2019

Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Shami at the World Cup 2019

Shami has worked on his death bowling, an area where he lacked massively with the batsmen plundering him for runs all over. With figures of 6-56 against Australia in the test series and 5 wickets in India against Australia, Shami’s recent form is something that saw him being selected for India’s world cup squad. He’s heavily been involved among the wickets with his wicket to wicket bowling seeing him pick up wickets at regular intervals as he keeps mixing his deliveries around regularly to perturb batsmen.

What swings the favour in Bhuvneshwar’s way is his massive experience in the game. He’s enjoyed a fruitful career for India, one that’s started heating its peak in recent times and the abject form of IPL will be long left behind come the world cup. He possesses in his artillery the ability to contribute vital runs with the bat as well, one thing that will come in handy for India on English pitches. It’s the shape he gets on the ball and his ability to get the ball to deviate both into and away from the batsmen that make him our pick to be Bumrah’s compatriot.

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