Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir recently heaped praises on Meerut bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his exceptional spell of bowling against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup. Kumar produced one of the finest spells of fast bowling in T20I history by taking a five-wicket haul while allowing just four runs in his four overs. Same Gambhir is now being dragged on social media.
Despite Kumar’s stunning spell, the spotlight, as per the former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir, was firmly on Virat Kohli’s 71st century with the pacer getting little to no attention.
“When Kohli got a 100 (at Asia Cup) and there was this young guy (Bhuvneshwar) from a small town of Meerut, who also managed to get five wickets, no one even bothered to speak about him. This was so unfortunate. I was the only one, during that commentary stint, who said that. He bowled four overs and got five wickets and I don’t think anyone knows about that," Gambhir told the Indian Express while suggesting that the act of hero-worshipping in India had to stop.
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Fast forward to Tuesday, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s woes with the death-over bowling came back to haunt him as the premier pacer gave away 16 runs in the penultimate over alone that sealed India’s fate against Australia in the first T20I. Kumar’s spell read: 4-0-52-0. India failed to defend a mammoth target of 209 and fans did not go easy on Kumar and Harshal Patel who leaked a combined 101 runs in their 8 overs.
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But netizens did not stop at that. In no time, Gambhir’s words of praise for Kumar surfaced on the microblogging site Twitter as Indian fans mocked the former cricketer with his own quote following Kumar’s expensive spell.
Gautam Gambhir today: "There was a guy from Meerut who leaked 52 runs and I don't think anyone knows about that." #INDvsAUS— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) September 20, 2022
Bhuvneshwar 4-0-52-0 Young boy from meerut.. I request everyone to please speak about him.. Otherwise gautam gambhir will get disappointed @GautamGambhir #GautamGambhir
— Detective Arjun Singh (@ArjunSingh098) September 20, 2022
Gautam Gambhir watching Meerut ke ladke ka performance today pic.twitter.com/CvCtgmLtOM— ✨Prakrati✨Live n Let Live ✨❤️ (@PrakratiKunder) September 20, 2022
Gautam Gambhir today,"There was a guy from meerut who leaked 52 run in 4 over,Noone know about that". #Bhuvi pic.twitter.com/Knv4X8wz9v— Mohit Singh (@MohitSi51307626) September 20, 2022
Meanwhile, Team India captain Rohit Sharma admitted that his bowlers were not up to the mark while defending the 209-run target against Australia in the first T20I. Australia produced a dominant show with the bat and chased down the massive target with four balls to spare. Cameron Green (61) and Matthew Wade (45*) blew away the Indian bowlers who had a forgettable night with the ball in the series opener as the visitors take a 1-0 lead in the series.
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