The Indian white ball mainstay Bhuvneshwar Kumar who burst into the scene as primarily a swing bowler has groomed himself into one of the reliable death bowlers in the country at the moment. The canny bowler in his recent interview to ESPNcricinfo said that he finds it extremely difficult to bowl to this caribbean superstar.
Andre Russell lit the tournament on fire last year as he belted each and every bowler who came on his way as he finished the tournament with 510 runs at an astonishing average of 56. When asked about Russell to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, he said,
One thing which matters a lot is the ground you’re playing on. Dimensions of the ground, boundary and all matters a lot. You’re generally aware of the dimensions of the ground before the match, and you have a plan on where to bowl. But Russell is a powerful batsman, even his mishits go for a six, as we saw in the last IPL season. Luck matters a lot when you are up against him.
The SRH spearhead also said that luck is the only factor that can save the bowler from getting a hammering from Andre Russell.
So somewhere down the line, you hope that he misses one ball. Or that his mistimed shots don’t go over the boundary. These things matter a lot. A lot of bowlers in the last IPL, including me, bowled yorkers on his legs and then one wide outside off to bluff him but he used to hit those balls for a six even while losing balance
The 2019 IPL started off on a bang for KKR as they chased 181 with 2 balls to spare against the one time champion in SRH led by Bhuvenshwar Kumar. At one stage it was all but done for KKR but Andre Russell destroyed the SRH bowling attack for a 19 ball 49 runs knock which helped KKR to win the match. Here’s what Bhuvneshwar Kumar had to say about that game.
I remember the first match of the last IPL, where I was the captain and he scored 52-odd runs in the final three overs. I still remember two-three of his sixes were so long that normal batsmen wouldn’t have managed even after middling the ball.