Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (born 5 February 1990) is an Indian international cricketer. He plays for Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket, and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. Kumar is a right-arm medium-fast bowler who swings the ball both ways efficiently, and a useful lower order right-handed batsman. His talent was first noticed in a T20 match against Pakistan, where he successfully took a three-wicket haul. In the ODI series that followed, he bowled a magic delivery toMohammad Hafeez – cleaning up his stumps and thus ensuring his place in the Indian squad for the rest of the series. He later proved to be a match winner for India.

Kumar’s maiden wickets in each of the three formats of international cricket (Twenty20, One Day International, and Test cricket) were bowled.

Personal information
Full name Bhuvneshwar Kumar Mavi
Born 5 February 1990 (age 26)
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
Nickname Bhuvi
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Role Bowler (Lower order batsman)
International information
National side
  • India
Test debut (cap 275) 22 February 2013 v Australia
Last Test 17 July 2014 v England
ODI debut (cap 194) 30 December 2012 v Pakistan
Last ODI 10 July 2015 v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no. 15
T20I debut (cap 45) 25 December 2012 v Pakistan
Last T20I 06 April 2014 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007/08–present Uttar Pradesh
2009–2010 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2011–2013 Pune Warriors India (#5)
2014–present Sunrisers Hyderabad (#15)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 12 57 14 60
Runs scored 393 186 15 2264
Batting average 26.20 10.94 7.50 29.02
100s/50s 0/3 0/0 0/0 1/14
Top score 63* 31 9 128
Balls bowled 1913 2239 294 10742
Wickets 29 60 15 182
Bowling average 35.00 38.5 20.13 27.89
5 wickets in innings 2 0 0 10
10 wickets in match n/a n/a n/a n/a
Best bowling 6/82 4/8 3/9 6/77
Catches/stumpings 4/– 15/– 3/- 14/–

Early life

Bhuvi was born on 5 February 1990 in a [Gurjar] family to Kiran Pal Singh and Indresh in Meerut. His father is a sub-inspector with the Uttar Pradesh Police and his mother, a housewife. He belongs to village Luharli near Gulaothi in Meerut area.It was his sister Rekha Adhana, who encouraged him to play cricket and took him to his first coaching centre 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.Kumar made his first-class debut at the age of 17 against Bengal.

In the 2nd semi-final against North Zone, Kumar took one wicket with an economy rate of 3.03. Although being a lower-order batsman, he scored 128 off 312 balls surpassing all the scores of his team mates and maintained a partnership with four batsmen. He was consequently awarded the Man of the match. In the 2008/09 Ranji Trophy final, he became the first bowler to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar, often rated as India’s greatest batsman, for a duck in first-class cricket.

International career


Kumar was included in the playing eleven of the first T20I match against Pakistan at Bengaluru following Parvinder Awana’s poor showing in the previous series against England. He took 3 wickets for 9 runs in 4 overs in the match with an economy rate of 2.25 and thus broke the record for the best bowling figures on T20I debut. He took the wickets of Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal.

He opened his account in ODIs by taking a wicket in the very first ball that he bowled, dismissing Mohammad Hafeez ofPakistan. Kumar’s debut wickets in T20Is, ODIs and Tests have all been bowled and is the first ever bowler to do so.

Test Debut

In his debut Test series, he took 6 wickets in four matches against Australia in the 2013 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He also had a record partnership with M. S. Dhoni for the 9th wicket in the first Test of the series. He has the highest score by an Indian number 10 on debut, 38.

Kumar made his debut on 22 February 2013 against Australia during 1st test of Australia Tour to India in 2013. He was given the test cap by Ishant Sharma. He struggled to take any wickets in the first innings, mainly because it was more of a spin track rather than a swing and pace favorable pitch. Later, in the same test during India’s batting, he helped set up a massive partnership of 140 runs for the 9th wicket with M. S. Dhoni. This partnership helped India establish a lead of 266 runs. During this course he was part of a few records and was given a standing ovation by the team and the crowd once he got out with a score of 38 runs (off 97 balls). When India went to field in the second innings he didn’t get a chance to bowl and went wicketless on his debut. In his second test match he got three wickets getting Australia’s David Warner, Ed Cowan and Shane Watson out. In the first innings of his second test against Australia, Kumar went wicketless, mainly because he could not get the ball to swing and was given very few overs (6 in a spell and then a single over). But in the second innings, he took the important wickets of Shane Watson, David Warner and Steven Smith.

Claiming 6 wickets at an average of 22.83 and an economy rate of 3.91.

Champions Trophy and Tri-Series

Kumar was included in the “Team of the tournament” of the 2013 Champions Trophy.On 9 July 2013, he posted career best figures on 4-8 against Sri Lanka in the Tri-Nation tournament, which India would go on to win. He was awarded the “Man of the Series” in this tournament after he finished the series with most wickets.

Tour of England

Kumar proved that he could be handy with the bat in Test matches when he scored 2 consecutive half centuries in the 1st test of the Investec Test Series 2014 against England with scores of 58 and 63*. He also had his 1st five wicket haul in his test career in the first innings of the same match. Kumar had his second five wicket haul in the next match of the same series and got his third fifty in Test in the same match. He became the first Indian number 9 player to get three fifties in one series, even going on to add career-best bowling figures of 6/82 versus England at Lord’s. Despite India losing the series 1-3, he was named the Indian Player of the Series.

IPL career

Following his good performances in the 2008/09 Ranji season, he was handed an IPL contract by Royal Challengers Bangalore.In 2011, he was signed by Pune Warriors India. After the dissolution of the PWI team, he was picked up in 2014 by Sunrisers Hyderabad.In 2016, he had an impressive season after winning IPL 2016 with Sunrisers Hyderabad, he also won the Purple Cap that season for picking up the 23 wickets which was the most.


  • He scored 38 runs of 97 balls on his debut test match he achieved the following feats:
    • This score of 38 is the highest by any Indian batsman coming at 10th position. He surpassed Paras Mhambrey to achieve this feat.
    • He faced the most number of balls (97) by a debutant coming at number 10 to bat for India, surpassing Ravi Shastri(54 balls).
    • He also stayed at the crease for the most time by a debutant coming at number 10 to bat for India.
  • The partnership of 140 runs for the 9th wicket with M. S. Dhoni during the 1st test of Australia Tour to India in 2013, went on to create a few records which are as follows:
    • This is the highest partnership for the 9th wicket by India against Australia
    • This is also the highest partnership for the 9th wicket between India and Australia
    • He scored a half-century of each innings of the 1st test of Team India’s tour of England in July 2014.
    • He was second player to do so, batting at number 9, after Peter Siddle.
    • He was man of the series in the tri nation series with his best figures
    • He was man of the series also on India’s tour of England 2014


Test 5-wicket hauls

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Year
1 5/82 7  England Trent Bridge Nottingham 2014
2 6/82 8  England Lord’s London 2014

International Awards

Test Cricket

Man of the Series awards

S No Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Pataudi Trophy 2014 172.5-45-506-19 with 2 five-wicket hauls.
247 runs with 3 fifties. (5 matches)
 England won the series 3-1.

One-Day International Cricket

Man of the series awards

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 West Indies Tri-Nation Series 2013 10 Wickets (4 Matches & 4 Innings); 11 Runs (4 Matches & 2 Innings);  India Won the series 6-1.

Man of the Match awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham 15 June 2013 8-2-19-2; DNB  India won by 8 wickets (D/L).
2 Sri Lanka Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain 9 July 2013 6-1-8-4; DNB  India won by 81 runs (D/L).