Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar
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Personal information
Full name Bhuvneshwar Kumar Singh
Born (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 24)
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
Nickname Bhuvi
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Role Bowling all-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 275) 22 February 2013 v Australia
Last Test 17 July 2014 v England
ODI debut (cap 194) 30 December 2012 v Pakistan
Last ODI 5 September 2014 v England
T20I debut (cap 45) 25 December 2012 v Pakistan
Last T20I 06 April 2014 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007/08–present Uttar Pradesh
2009–2010 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2011–2013 Pune Warriors India
2014–present Sunrisers Hyderabad
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 11 39 9 52
Runs scored 343 136 6 1944
Batting average 24.50 10.47 - 29.45
100s/50s 0/3 0/0 0/0 1/11
Top score 63* 31 6* 128
Balls bowled 1661 1934 186 9057
Wickets 28 42 11 158
Bowling average 37.88 36.07 17.55 26.69
5 wickets in innings 2 0 0 8
10 wickets in match n/a n/a n/a 0
Best bowling 6/82 4/8 3/9 6/77
Catches/stumpings 4/– 13/– 1/- 10/–
Source: Cricinfo, 12 February 2014

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (born 5 February 1990) is an Indian international cricketer. He plays for Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket, and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. Kumar is a right-arm medium-fast bowler who swings the ball both the ways efficiently, and a useful lower order right-handed batsman, which makes him a bowling all-rounder.His talent was first noticed in a T20 match against Pakistan where he Successfully took a three-wicket haul.In the upcoming ODI series,he bowled a magic delivery to Mohammed Hafeez cleaning up his stumps and thus ensuring his place in the Indian squad for the rest of the series.He later proved to be a match winner for India.

Early life[edit]

Kumar belongs to a Gurjar family of Western Uttar Pradesh and was born on 5 February 1990 to Kiran Pal Singh and Indresh in Meerut.[1] 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.[2]

Domestic career[edit]

Kumar plays for Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket. He has also played for Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy.[3] Kumar made his first-class debut at the age of 17 against Bengal.[4]

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 scored 128 off 312 balls surpassing all the scores of his team mates and maintained a partnership with four batsmen. He was consequently 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.[5]

International career[edit]


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.

He opened his account in ODIs by taking a wicket in the very first ball that he bowled, dismissing Mohammad Hafeez of Pakistan. Kumar's debut wickets in T20Is, ODIs and Tests have all been bowled and is the first ever bowler to do so.

Test Debut[edit]

In his debut Test series, he took 6 wickets in four 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.

Kumar 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 set up 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, Kumar 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.

Champions Trophy and Tri-Series[edit]

Kumar was included in the "Team of the tournament" of the 2013 Champions Trophy.[6] 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.[7]

Tour of England[edit]

Kumar proved that he could be handy with the bat in test matches when he scored 2 consecutive half centuries in the 1st test of the Investec test series 2014 against England with scores of 58 and 63*. He also had his 1st five wicket haul in his test career in the first innings of the same match. Kumar had his second five wicket haul in the next match of the same series and got his third fifty in Test in the same match. He became the first Indian number 9 player to get three Fifties in one series. He even got 6/82 versus England in the Lord's.However,India lost the series 1-3,he was named the Indian player of the series. [8]

IPL career[edit]

Following his good performances in the 2008/09 Ranji season, he was handed an IPL contract by Royal Challengers Bangalore.[9] In 2011, he was signed by Pune Warriors India. In 2014, he was picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad.[10]


  • He scored 38 runs of 97 balls on his debut test match he achieved the following feats:
    • This score of 38 is the highest by any Indian batsman coming at 10th position. He surpassed Paras Mhambrey to achieve this feat.[11]
    • He faced the most number of balls (97) by a debutant coming at number 10 to bat for India, surpassing Ravi Shastri(54 balls).[12]
    • He also stayed at the crease for the most time by a debutant coming at number 10 to bat for India.
  • The partnership of 140 runs for the 9th wicket with M. S. Dhoni during the 1st test of Australia Tour to India in 2013, went on to create a few records which are as follows:
    • This is the highest partnership for the 9th wicket by India against Australia [13]
    • This is also the highest partnership for the 9th wicket between India and Australia[14]

Career milestones[edit]

Test half-centuries[edit]

# Score Match Opponent Venue City Year
1 58 7  England Trent Bridge Nottingham 2014
2 63* 7  England Trent Bridge Nottingham 2014
3 52 8  England Lord's London 2014

Test 5 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Year
1 5/82 7  England Trent Bridge Nottingham 2014
2 6/82 8  England Lord's London 2014


ODI Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1  Pakistan Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham 15 June 2013 DNB; 8-2-19-2; Won[15]
2  Sri Lanka Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain 9 July 2013 DNB; 6-1-8-4; Won[16]

ODI Man of the Series awards[edit]

S No Series(Opponents) Season Series Performance
West Indies Tri-Nation Series

 West Indies; Sri Lanka

11 Runs (4 Matches & 2 Innings);

10 Wickets (4 Matches & 4 Innings);


  1. ^ "Pacers take parallel tracks to success". The Times of India. 27 December 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Behind Bhuvneshwar Kumar's success, a sister act". Express India. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bhuvneshwar leads Central Zone fightback". ESPNcricinfo. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bowlers put UP on top". ESPNcricinfo. 17 December 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bhuvneshwar lives his dream". ESPNcricinfo. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Team of the tournament". ESPNcricinfo. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bhuvneshwar Kumar becomes Man of the Series for Celkon Cup tri series". Cricschedule. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Lord`s test Bhuvneshwar and Murali Vijay made new records". Patrika Group. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bhuvneshwar to replace Ryder for Bangalore". ESPNcricinfo. 2 October 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "IPL 2014 Auctions". NDTV. 
  11. ^ "Records". ESPNcricinfo. 
  12. ^ "Records". ESPNcricinfo. 
  13. ^ "Records". ESPNcricinfo. 
  14. ^ "Henriques' unique feat". ESPNcricinfo. 25 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "India vs. Pakistan, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham, June 15, 2013". 
  16. ^ "India vs. Sri Lanka, Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, July 9, 2013". 

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