Bhuvneshwar Kumar © IANS
Bhuvneshwar Kumar © IANS

As India kickstarted their T20I campaign in South Africa, Bhuvneshwar Kumar achieved the milestone of becoming the first Indian to take five-wicket hauls across formats. Only six players have taken five-fors in all three formats of the game at international level, Umar Gul, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Tim Southee, and Imran Tahir being the other five. Bhuvneshwar bagged the wickets of JJ Smuts, Reeza Hendricks, JP Duminy, Heinrich Klaasen, and Chris Morris, conceding 24 runs in 4 overs.

Bhuvi was rightly adjudged the Player of the Match for his stunning performance. After receiving the award, he said, “I just wanted to bowl in the right areas. Seeing how they were bowling, we chalked out our plan. We wanted to take pace off the ball. When you do well in tough situations, you enjoy it. I have been bowling that knuckle ball with the seam up since the last one year. Worked on it in the IPL.” For that matter, 3 of Bhuvi’s 5 wickets came in his last over. The over read wicket-2-2-wicket-wicket-wicket. The last wicket, however, was a run out, as Bhuvi’s missed hat-trick chance became a team hat-trick.