“If the ball isn’t swinging, he’s probably going to have trouble with his pace”: Wasim Akram on Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the T20 World Cup

Former Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram believes Bhuvneshwar Kumar is likely to struggle at the upcoming T20 World Championships in Australia.

In a recent interview with the Khaleej Times, Akram said: “He (Bhuvneshwar) is good with the new ball but his pace is likely to cause him problems there if the ball isn’t swinging. But he’s without a doubt a very good bowler, swings both ways, has the Yorker. But in Australia you need speed.”

Since the last T20 World Championship, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been India’s leading wicket-taker in T20Is with 35 scalps in 26 innings. In Jasprit Bumrah’s absence, Bhuvneshwar Kumar will have additional responsibilities on the ball in the world tournament.

Akram also named pace sensation Umran Malik as the pacer the men in blue should play more often.

“See that Kashmiri guy, Umran Malik, he’s fast. India has to stay with him because he has pace. If I had been in the Indian think tank I would have put him in the squad all along,” he said.

When asked about India’s key player at the World Cup, Akram cited in-form batsman Suryakumar Yadav as India’s trump card and shared his personal take on the batsman from his time with the Kolkata Knight Riders.

“He’s a very dangerous player, he’s a 360 player. I first saw him when he joined the Kolkata Knight Riders. I spent two years with him. I was amazed that KKR let him go. He was young, he was 19 or 20 then, imagine if he was (KKR) captain now,” the 56-year-old recalled.

“I think he’s the future as far as the T20 format is concerned. It’s a pleasure to watch him, without a doubt one of my favorite players in this format.”

India begin their T20 World Cup campaign on Sunday 23 October against Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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