Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been going through a rough patch in T20I cricket as the senior Indian pacer hasn't been able to be as effective as he used to be in the death overs for India. The veteran fast bowler failed to flourish under pressure in the Asia cup Super 4 matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
In the first of a 3-match T20I series against Australia in Mohali on September 20, Bhuvneshwar leaked 52 runs without being able to pick up a wicket. Barring Axar Patel, none of the other India bowlers were able to restrict the Australian batters as the visitors successfully chased down 209.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar failed to deliver in the 19th over for the third straight time as the pacer leaked 16 runs in Mohali. In his last 2 overs, Bhuvneshwar gave away 31 runs as Australia chased down the target with 4 balls to spare.
Bhuvneshwar has conceded 49 runs in the last 3 19th over he has bowled in T20I cricket - vs Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Asia Cup 2022 and the Mohali T20I against Australia.
The India pacer was subject to trolling on social media after he conceded aplenty in the first T20I.
Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Bhuvneshwar Kumar's wife posted a strongly-worded message, seemingly taking a dig at the trolls.
"Nowadays, people are so worthless, that they have nothing better to do and have so much time to spread hate and envy... My advise to all those is - nobody is affected by your words or care about your existence. So please spend that time in making yourself better, though there is very less scope for that!!" she wrote in a Insta story.
Bhuvneshwar picked up a 5-wicket haul against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup as he showed signs of return to form after the hammering against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
However, Bhuvneshwar struggled to control his variations against Australia, bowling as many as 4 wide deliveries in his last 2 overs. The senior pace also has been predictable with his wide yorkers at the death, leading to a sense of predictability.
Nonetheless, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been India's leading wicket-taker in T20Is, having scalped 31 wickets in 23 matches. He has conceded at less than 7 runs per over in 2022.
The senior pacer will be looking to bounce back strong and find his rhythm back in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup, starting October 16 in Australia.