Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s lone wicket during South Africa’s first innings helped Team India to restrict the hosts to six for the loss of one wicket at stumps on Day 1 of the third Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. The hosts currently trail by 181 runs.
The pacer, who was dropped from the last match, removed Aiden Markram early in a shortened final session. Earlier, the visitors were bowled out for 187 in their first innings.
When no other batsmen besides Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara could cross the 20s, it was Bhuvneshwar Kumar who put up a fight against the lethal pace attack of the Proteas and scored 30 runs amid very tough conditions.
Twitter went berserk in appreciation for Bhuvi as he scored 30 runs and also took a wicket towards the end of the day’s play. If Bhuvi wouldn’t have played a knock of 30 then India might have been reduced to well short of 150.
Here’s how fans reacted on Twitter:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the all-rounder India think Hardik Pandya is. #SAvIND
*All conditions applied.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 24, 2018
Bhuvneshwar Kumar's batting average in #SAvIND series is 34.00. Only Virat Kohli averages more (49.00) for India.
May be Virat could have played him as a specialist batsman at Centurion if not as a bowler.#INDvSA
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) January 24, 2018
Bhuvi @BhuviOfficial is such an honest trier. No fan fare. No tattoos
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) January 24, 2018
Give me even one reason why girls shouldn't make babies with Bhuvneshwar Kumar?
— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) January 24, 2018
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) January 24, 2018
Why cannot Bhuvneshwar Kumar bat above Hardik Pandya in Tests? He surely has brains and a technique to counter a seaming delivery. #SAvIND
— 𝗚𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝗼𝗱𝗵𝗶 (@GautamSodhi1) January 24, 2018
BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR SHOULD PLAY EVERY TEST MATCH. Regardless of the damn pitch. Period. #SAvInd
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) January 24, 2018
— R (@IAmVirat183) January 24, 2018
For the record @BhuviOfficial has shown grit in every innings. For Hardik and Parthiv and lot to learn. Put a price on your wicket as said!!
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) January 24, 2018