| On Updated : Jun 27, 2020 3:36 PM IST

How MS Dhoni helped Bhuvneshwar Kumar to become a ‘complete bowler’

When Bhuneshwar Kumar rattled the stumps of the Pakistani batsmen in his debut game in 2012, he excited all the Indian cricket fans but on a side note it was again a worrying factor to see another bowler who relied only on swing and nothing else. But the boy from Uttar Pradesh worked hard and showed the world that he is here to stay and serve for the country for a long period of time.

Bhuvi takes cue from MS's leaf!

Bhuvneshwar Kumar made his debut at the age of 22 under the world cup winning captain MS Dhoni. He swung the ball both ways handsomely without breaking a sweat and was troubling the batters to a great extent. India were in search for a replacement to Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra who were at the fag end of their career. The young crop of bowlers like Praveen Kumar, RP Singh, S Sreesanth, and Irfan Pathan were all inconsistent even after showing so much potential at the start of their career.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar who had impressive numbers in all the domestic competition was drafted into the team and he made the ball talk in his debut game. But again there aroused a huge problem as Bhuvneshwar was more of a swing bowler who had a very mediocre pace. He worked hard on his fitness and improved his pace big time since 2016.

“Like MS Dhoni, I try to detach myself from the result and focus on small things, Which I also refer to as process. And this helps in getting the desired outcome.” Bhuvneshwar Kumar said

Turning point of Bhuvneshwar Kumar's career

One of the turning points of Bhuvneshwar Kumar's career was his stint with SRH. He debuted for SRH in 2014 and soon became the spearhead of the SRH bowling attack. He improved his accuracy and became a canny customer. He won the purple cap for two successive seasons in 2016 and 2017 that shows the quality of the pacer. He will be waiting to prove his mettle for India once the action resumes.

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