India are ready to take on the same opponent in the shortest format. With the T20 World Cup taking place later this year, former India player VVS Laxman says speedster Bhuvneshwar Kumar will play a crucial role for India in the mega event and his workload management needs to be prioritized as well.
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VVS Laxman opens up on Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s role in T20 World
After the Test series win against England, India are ready to take on the same opponent in
the shortest format. With the T20 World Cup taking place later this year, former India player
VVS Laxman says speedster Bhuvneshwar Kumar will play a crucial role for India in the mega
event and his workload management needs to be prioritized as well.
Bhuvneshwar has been out of action for a long time. He had sustained a thigh muscle injury
during the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which not only ruled him out of
the league but also from the Australia series as well. However, he has been added to the
T20 squad that will play against England.
"I still feel great and happy that Bhuvneshwar has regained fitness because he's such an
important bowler, especially in white-ball cricket for India," Laxman said on Star Sports'
'Cricket Connected'. "Apart from Jasprit Bumrah, if there's anyone in that Indian bowling
line-up who has got the experience of bowling not only with the new ball but also at the
"He is such an important member, we have to look after Bhuvneshwar Kumar the fast
bowler because he will be playing a very important role, come November when the World
Cup will happen," Laxman further added.
Meanwhile, another pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah wouldn’t feature in the T20 series and in
his absence, Kumar needs to step up and leads the pace attack as well. Considered as one of
India's best white-ball pace bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar could play in two matches as the
veteran Laxman hopes as he has returned after a long injury lay-off.
Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan’s place at the opening seems in danger as many believed
wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul would fit in that place alongside Rohit Sharma instead of
Dhawan and VVS Laxman is one of them. However, there’s no doubt on Rohit’s place as he
is certainly one of the best in recent times.
As far as Dhawan is