Team India was dealt with a major blow ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022 when their star pacer Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the tournament with a back injury. After the woes of Asia Cup 2022, Indian fans and experts were worried about India’s pace attack for the showpiece event. India called up veteran pacer Mohammed Shami as Bumrah’s replacement, but it has been Arshdeep Singh who has troubled the opposition more than any Indian bowler.
The left-arm quick has scalped seven wickets in three matches so far. Singh has bowled his 12 overs at an economy rate of 7.83. The pacer has already got the wickets of Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Quinton de Kock, and Rilee Rossouw. But as it’s said, cricket partnerships are required for optimum results. And Arshdeep has been lucky to have someone like Bhuvneshwar Kumar alongside him.
The pacer himself believes that having the veteran pacer has made a difference in his performance. Singh has said that Bhuvneshwar Kumar opening India’s attack and bowling economical spells has allowed him to attack more and take wickets. Singh has credited Kumar for his success at the T20 World Cup 2022.
"We study the batters' weaknesses and me and Bhuvi bhai try to get some swing first up and beat the batter at start. I'm able to attack the batter because Bhuvi bhai is bowling so economically that the batter is already under pressure," PTI quotes Arshdeep saying after India's five-wicket defeat to South Africa on Sunday.
"Credit for my success goes to him. The batters aren't taking chances against him (Bhuvneshwar) and are doing that with me. So we have forged a good partnership. A bowling partnership is as important as batting partnership," Arshdeep added.
It’s worth mentioning that while Arshdeep has been among the wickets, Kumar has taken care of dot balls. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has taken three wickets in as many games but has maintained an economy rate of 4.83 in the 10.4 overs he has bowled. Kumar has already bowled 44 dot balls out of the 64 balls he has delivered.