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Personal information

Full name Bhuvneshwar Kumar Singh
Born 5 February 1990 (age 31)
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler

International information

National side India (2012–present)
Test debut (Cap 276) 22 February 2013 v Australia
Last Test 24 January 2018 v South Africa
ODI debut (Cap 194) 30 December 2012 v Pakistan
Last ODI 23 July 2021 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 15
T20I debut (Cap 45) 25 December 2012 v Pakistan
Last T20I 21 November 2021 v New Zealand
T20I shirt no. 15

Bhuvneshwar Kumar Singh (born 5 February 1990) is an Indian international cricketer who plays for Uttar Pradesh in domestic first-class cricket and for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. Kumar is a right-arm fast medium bowler who swings the ball both ways efficiently, with his inswingers more effective than outswing, and is especially adept at creating late swing.

He made his international debut in December 2012 against Pakistan in December 2012, taking three wickets in an Twenty20 International. He went on to make his One Day International (ODI) debut in the series which followed. He is the first Indian bowler to take a five-wicket haul in Test cricket, ODIs and T20Is.


Early life

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was born in Meerut on 5 February 1990. His sister encouraged him to play cricket and took him to his first coaching center when he was 13.


Domestic career

Kumar plays for Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket;he has also played for Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy and made his first-class debut at the age of 17 against Bengal. In the 2008/09 Ranji Trophy final, he became the first bowler to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar for a duck in first-class cricket.


Indian Premier League

Following his performances in the 2008/09 Ranji season, he was given an Indian Premier League (IPL) contract by Royal Challengers Bangalore. In 2011, he was signed by Pune Warriors India, but after the team was dissolved he signed by Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014.

In 2016, he played in Sunrisers’ team which won the 2016 Indian Premier League, taking 23 wickets and winning the Purple Cap as the bowler who took most wickets during the season. In 2018, he was named the team’s vice-captain.


International career

Kumar made his international debut at the end of 2012, playing in T20I and ODI matches against Pakistan. He made his Test debut in 2013 and was part of the Indian team which won the 2013 Champions Trophy. He was named in the Team of the Tournament by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

In July 2013, he posted career-best figures of four wickets for eight runs (4/8) against Sri Lanka in the Tri-Nation tournament. He was the leading wicket taker in the tournament and awarded the Player of the Series.

During the 2014 tour of England, Kumar took new career-best Test match bowling figures of 6/82 at Lord’s; he was named the Indian Player of the Series.

In February 2018, he took a five-wicket haul in a T20I against South Africa. He became the second Indian bowler to take 5 wickets in T20Is. In January 2019, in the first ODI against Australia, Kumar took his 100th wicket in ODIs. In April 2019, he was named in India’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup but was later ruled out of a number of matches due to a leg injury. In June 2021, he was named India’s vice-captain for their ODI and T20I matches against Sri Lanka and in September 2021, Kumar was named in India’s squad for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

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