Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

14 May 2014

South Africa: Cricket - Swing It Like Bhuvneshwar

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar is having a stellar outing in this year's Indian Premier League. Paired with the express pace of Dale Steyn, his ability to swing the ball both ways in almost all conditions has been phenomenal to watch. He's got a long future ahead of him, as long as he learns how to operate independently as a swing bowler, when he doesn't have a fast bowling partner in crime to help him out.

In the Twenty20 format, it's mostly batsmen who are showered with plaudits. The format lends itself to the thrill of a tight chase and the magic of inventive batting. It's not to say that bowlers are ignored, but they often have to work far harder than their batting colleagues to be celebrated at the same level.

The Indian Premier League is not much different. The noise cauldron might be more intense, but if you can sift through that, you can find some great tunes. One player who has been playing the right tune is Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Currently the second leading wicket taker with 17 scalps at an average of just 11.41, he has been one of the true the delights of the competition.

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