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Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the best swing bowler in India, says Zaheer Khan

By: Sujata Sarkar

Kolkata, Oct 3: He has been in Kolkata for the last three days to do TV commentary in the ongoing 2nd Test between India and New Zealand at the Eden Gardens. And the last hero of Indian fast bowling, Zaheer Khan was extremely pleased to have seen Bhuvneshwar Kumar take 5 valuable wickets in the first innings.

2nd Ind-NZ Test scorecard

Zaheer said, "I am truly pleased to have watched Kumar's bowling and it's key reason is his controlled swing bowling on this wicket. The pitches in India are generally not conducive for swing bowling. Still Kumar has been able to move the ball in both the ways with a perfect balance. Being able to control the swing of the ball is most important for any medium pacer. Kumar has been able to do that consistently." (Bhuvneshwar rates Taylor's scalp as best)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls during the 2nd Test in Kolkata

"He is the best swing bowler in India now," Zaheer declared.

However, along with Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha also earned a lot of praise from the country's former wicket keepers. Country's one of the best former wicket keepers Syed Kirmani said, "Saha has been doing extremely well behind the stumps for last couple of years. And in this Test he has been excellent to keep Kumar's swing in both then ways."

Sambaran Baneerjee, the former national selector and wicketkeeper was also impressed by Saha's determination.

Banerjee said, "The most important thing is that Saha is always is in a transformation process. He always tries to learn, even during the match. That is why he is adorned by his captain and coach."

Everybody at the Eden Gardens witnessed that India's coach Anil Kumble patted Saha for his determined knock of 54 in the first innings. He followed that up with another half century in the second essay as India set a 376-run target for the Kiwis on Monday (October 3).

Former captain Sourav Ganguly also seemed to be elated with Saha's innings when he said, "After a long time I have watched someone from Bengal in an international match to deliver such a determination to build up his innings."

OneIndia News

Story first published: Monday, October 3, 2016, 11:30 [IST]
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