Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar.jpg
Bhuvi while running
Personal information
Full nameBhuvneshwar Kumar
Born (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 28)
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
BowlingRight-arm Medium-Fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 276)22 February 2013 v Australia
Last Test24 January 2018 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 194)30 December 2012 v Pakistan
Last ODI1 November 2018 v West Indies
ODI shirt no.15
T20I debut (cap 45)25 December 2012 v Pakistan
Last T20I25 November 2018 v Australia
T20I shirt no.15
Domestic team information
2007/08–presentUttar Pradesh
2009–2010Royal Challengers Bangalore
2011–2013Pune Warriors India
2014–presentSunrisers Hyderabad
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 21 95 34 70
Runs scored 552 440 22 2433
Batting average 22.08 14.66 7.33 27.03
100s/50s 0/3 0/1 0/0 1/14
Top score 63* 53* 9 128
Balls bowled 3348 4552 728 12393
Wickets 63 99 33 218
Bowling average 26.09 38.22 24.75 26.53
5 wickets in innings 4 1 1 12
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a 0
Best bowling 6/82 5/42 5/24 6/77
Catches/stumpings 8/– 23/– 5/- 18/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 25 November 2018

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (born 5 February 1990) is an Indian international cricketer. He plays for Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket. He also plays for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.

Kumar is a right-arm medium-fast bowler who swings the ball both ways efficiently, with his inswingers more effective than outswing,[1] especially adept at creating late swing, and a useful lower order right-handed batsman. His talent was first noticed in an ODI match against Pakistan, where he successfully took a three-wicket haul. In the ODI series that followed, he marked his One Day International debut, his following spells in the game ensured him a place in the Indian squad for the rest of the series. After his five-wicket haul against South Africa, Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the first Indian bowler to take a five-wicket haul in all formats of the game.

Early life[edit]

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was born in Meerut on 5 February 1990.[2] It was his sister Rekha Adhana, who encouraged him to play cricket and took him to his first coaching centre when he was 13.[3]

Domestic career[edit]

Kumar plays for Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket. He has also played for Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy.[4] Kumar made his first-class debut at the age of 17 against Bengal.[5]

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 teammates 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, rated as India's greatest batsman, for a duck in first-class cricket.[6]

International career[edit]


Bhuvneshwar 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. 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 favourable 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 Steve 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.[7]

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.[8]

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, even going on to add career-best bowling figures of 6/82 versus England at Lord's. Despite India losing the series 1–3, he was named the Indian Player of the Series.[9]

Rise in form and success[edit]

Kumar was expected to start in all matches for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup but could not due to poor fitness. He started only one match against UAE. His 2016 season was restricted to only four tests.

In the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, he led the Indian bowling attack alongside Jasprit Bumrah and reached the finals with the team. He was also included in the Team of the Tournament of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.

On 18 February 2018, Kumar picked up five wickets in the first T20I against South Africa, where India won by 28 runs. This bowling spell of 5/24 was his best in T20Is. He also became the second Indian bowler to take 5 wickets in T20Is.[10] On 24 February, Kumar picked up two wickets in the third T20I in a seven run victory over South Africa winning the three match series 1–2. After picking seven wickets in the T20I series, he became the Indian fast bowler with most wickets in a bilateral T20I series, he was also awarded the Player of the Series.[11]

Indian Premier League career[edit]

Following his good performances in the 2008/09 Ranji season, he was handed an IPL contract by Royal Challengers Bangalore.[12] In 2011, he was signed by Pune Warriors India. After the dissolution of the PWI team, he was picked up in 2014 by Sunrisers Hyderabad.[13]

In 2016, he contributed towards an impressive season after winning IPL 2016 with Sunrisers Hyderabad, he also won the Purple Cap that season for picking up the 23 wickets which was the most.[14][15] He took five wickets in a match for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2017. In the 2017 Indian Premier League, Kumar won the Purple Cap for the second time in a row for picking up 26 wickets.

Kumar was retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2018 IPL season. On 29 March 2018, Sunrisers Hyderabad announced Kumar as the vice-captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2018 season.[16] He along with Siddarth Kaul, Rashid Khan and Sandeep Sharma helped Sunrisers reach the final with good bowling.

Personal life[edit]

On 23 November 2017, Kumar married Nupur Nagar in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.[17][18]


  • He scored 38 runs off 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.[19]
    • He faced the most number of balls (97) by a debutant coming at number 10 to bat for India, surpassing Ravi Shastri (54 balls).[20]
  • 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[21]
    • This is also the third highest partnership for the 9th wicket for India.[22]


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  2. ^ Cricinfo
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  9. ^ "Lord`s test Bhuvneshwar and Murali Vijay made new records". Patrika Group. 21 July 2014. Archived from the original on 28 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
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  13. ^ "IPL 2014 Auctions". NDTV.
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  15. ^ "Bhuvneshwar keeps his head when others lose it". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-04-24.
  16. ^ "IPL 2018: Bhuvneshwar Kumar appointed vice-captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad". 2018-03-29. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  17. ^ "Bhuvneshwar Kumar And Nupur Nagar Get Married In Meerut. See Photos – NDTV Sports". Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  18. ^ "Bhuvneshwar Kumar ties knot with Nupur Nagar in grand ceremony in Meerut". 2017-11-23. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  19. ^ "Test Matches - Batting Records (Ordered by runs scored)". ESPNcricinfo.
  20. ^ "Test Matches - Batting Records (Ordered by balls faced)". ESPNcricinfo.
  21. ^ "Test Matches - Partnership Records". ESPNcricinfo.
  22. ^ "Henriques' unique feat". ESPNcricinfo. 25 February 2013.

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