Bhuvneshwar Kumar Mavi (born 5 February 1990) is an Indian cricketer who plays for the Indian national team in Test Matches, ODIs and T20is. He also plays for Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket. He is a right-arm medium-fast bowler and a right-handed batsman. He also plays for Pune Warriors India in the Indian Premier League. Apart from being an excellent swing bowler who consistently takes wickets in the opening stages of matches, Kumar is also known for his lower middle-order batting, which makes him a useful all-rounder.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar belongs to the Gurjar community of Western Uttar Pradesh and was born on 5 February 1990 to Kiran Pal Singh and Indresh in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh. His father is a sub-inspector with the Uttar Pradesh Police and his mother, a housewife. It was his sister Rekha Adhana, who encouraged him to play cricket and took him to his first coaching centre when he was 13. Kumar made his first-class debut at the age of 17 against Bengal.Bhuvneshwar was from then on known for his fame of bowling.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar plays for Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket. He has also played for Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy. In the 2nd semi-final against North Zone, Kumar took one wicket with an economy rate of 3.03. Although being a lower-order batsman, he also helped his team in that innings by scoring 128 off 312 balls surpassing all the scores of his team mates and maintained a partnership with 4 batsmen. He consequently was awarded the Man of the match. In the 2008/09 Ranji Trophy final, he became the first bowler to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar, often rated as India's greatest batsman, for a duck in first-class cricket.
Kumar was included in the playing eleven of the first T20I match against Pakistan at Bengaluru following Parvinder Awana's poor showing in the previous series against England. He took 3 wickets for 9 runs in 4 overs in the match with an economy rate of 2.25 and thus broke the record for the best bowling figures on T20I debut. He took the wickets of Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal.
Bhuvneshwar's debut wickets in T20Is, ODIs and Tests have all been bowled and is the first ever bowler to do so. In his debut Test series, he took 6 wickets in four test matches against Australia in the 2013 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He also had a record partnership with M. S. Dhoni for the 9th wicket in the first test of the series. He has the highest score by an Indian number 10 on debut, 38*. Bhuvneshwar made his debut on 22 February 2013 against Australia during 1st test of Australia Tour to India in 2013. He was given the test cap by Ishant Sharma. He struggled to take any wickets in the first innings, mainly because it was more of a spin track rather than a swing and pace favorable pitch. Later, in the same test during India's batting, he helped setup a massive partnership of 140 runs for the 9th wicket with M. S. Dhoni. This partnership helped India establish a lead of 266 runs. During this course he was part of a few records and was given a standing ovation by the team and the crowd once he got out with a score of 38 runs (off 97 balls). When India went to field in the second innings he didn't get a chance to bowl and went wicketless on his debut. In his second test match he got three wickets getting Australia's David Warner, Ed Cowan and Shane Watson out. In the first innings of his second test against Australia, Bhuvneshwar went wicketless mainly because he could not get the ball to swing and was given very few overs. (6 in a spell and then a single over). But in the second innings, he took the important wickets of Shane Watson, David Warner and Steven Smith.
Claiming 6 wickets at an average of 22.83 and an economy rate of 3.91, Kumar was included the "Team of the tournament" of the 2013 Champions Trophy. On 9 July 2013, he posted career best figures on 4-8 against Sri Lanka in the Tri-Nation tournament, which India would go on to win. He was awarded the Man of the series in this tournament after he finished the series with most wickets.