India tour of England 2014: Bhuvneshwar Kumar becomes first No 9 to score three fifties in Test Series
Bhuvneshwar came in handy with the bat in the first Test at Trent Bridge.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the second highest batting average in the ongoing series © Getty Images
By Rajarshi Mujumdar
Jul 21, 2014
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has become the first No 9 to score three fifties in a Test series. Nine cricketers; including names like Madan Lal, Asif Iqbal, Andy Blignaut, Harbhajan Singh, and Graeme Swann have scored two each before. He also has the second highest batting average (69.66) in the ongoing Test series between India and England, just behind Murali Vijay (79.5).
Bhuvneshwar came in handy with the bat in both the innings during the first Test at Trent Bridge with two half-centuries to his name. He stood tall and frustrated all the English pacers, who tried to bowl him out. And now in the second Test at Lord’s, he scored a crucial half-century in the second innings along with Ravindra Jadeja to take the lead past 300 runs. It is evident that he is making things difficult for England almost single-handedly. With three half-centuries in four innings, he proudly owns the record of first No 9 to score three half-centuries in a Test series.
MS Dhoni is definitely elated to add an all-rounder in the form of Bhuvneshwar in the line- up. The Indian team will be hoping that it surely not the end of the roads for Bhuvneshwar, but it is just the beginning of a new era.
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(Rajarshi Majumdar is a reporter at CricketCountry. He played cricket for all age levels under the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for over 12 years. Apart from cricket he is an avid follower of football, supports Manchester United and a foodie at heart.)