Bhuvneshwar Kumar was once counted among the best bowlers of the short format. Due to the diversity in bowling, he not only proved to be extremely economical on most occasions but also took wickets on important occasions. Bhuvi has also captured the Purple Cap twice in the Indian Premier League. He achieved this honor in 2016 and 2017, but with age, his firepower decreased.
The poor performance of Sunrisers Hyderabad batsmen continued throughout this season as well as the bowling unit led by Bhuvi. By the way, in Monday’s match in Ahmedabad against the defending champions Gujarat Titans, Bhuvneshwar took five wickets, showing his old charm. However, despite his performance, SRH had to face a 34-run defeat in the match.
Bhuvneshwar took 5 wickets for 30 runs in his four overs in the match against GT. Because of his performance, Hardik Pandya’s Gujrat, which was seen going beyond 200 at one time, stopped while reaching 188 runs.
During this match, Bhuvi made two important achievements in his name. In IPL, Bhuvneshwar has taken five wickets in an innings for the second time, and he is only the third bowler to do so. This is such an amazing performance in IPL, which even veterans like Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, and Zaheer Khan have not been able to do. Before Bhuvneshwar, only James Faulkner and Jaydev Unadkat achieved this feat.
Talking about Bhuvneshwar, earlier in 2017, he took five wickets for 19 runs against Punjab. In IPL-2023, Bhuvneshwar is only the second bowler to take 5 wickets in an innings. Before him, on 1 April 2023, Mark Wood of Lucknow Supergiants took 5 wickets for 14 runs against Delhi Capitals.
In this season of IPL, Bhuvneshwar has so far taken 14 wickets in 12 matches at an average of 25.07. During this, his economy has been 8.16, and his strike rate is 18.4.
Bhuvneshwar, who played for Pune Warriors and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, has so far taken 168 wickets in 158 matches at an average of 25.72. He has taken four wickets twice and five wickets twice in an innings.