SRH bid goodbye to their IPL 10 defense after losing to KKR, as poor batting and rain dumped them out of the reckoning for the second qualifier.
There was disappointment written all over the faces in SRH camp as KKR reached the required target of 48 runs in 6 overs after rain reduction enforced the D/L method. As this season of IPL 10 comes to an end for SRH, they did find some positives in the batting of David Warner and Kane Williamson and their new recruit Rashid Khan impressed one and all.
With a mega IPL auction scheduled for next year, SRH will definitely like to retain some players, if given a chance and one of those players will be the Purple cap holder of this IPL, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.
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Kumar ended his IPL 10 with 26 wickets to his name with an average of 14.19 and economy of 7.05. His best bowling this season came against KXIP, as he picked up 5/19 against them and helped SRH win a tight match.
Bhuvaneshwar was brilliant in reading both the pitch and the match situation and hence was extremely successful. For example, during the match against KXIP, Manan Vohra was going bonkers against SRH bowlers and Bhuvaneshwar just calmly removed the wickets at the other end and finally even removed Vohra to secure the win for SRH.
The biggest ability that Bhuvaneshwar has developed is that, now he is lethal at both start of the innings and at the death. He has also increased his speed and now bowls at around 135-140 kmph. His knowledge of how to swing the ball both ways and then bowl some pin point yorkers in the death make him the go to bowler for all the captains.
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Unfortunately, he has not been given much chance in the Indian team thanks to some spirited bowling by Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma, but this upcoming Champions Trophy can be the resurgence of Kumar as the strike bowler for India again.
For SRH, if Dhawan and Warner performed with the bat, Bhuvaneshwar held the fort with the ball and picked up wickets whenever he was called upon to bowl by his captain.
If there is no rule of player retentions in the auctions next year, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar will be on the list of elitist players for sale for IPL 2018.