Sunrisers Hyderabad signs talented and seasoned Indian bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar for Rs 4.20 crore. Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants sought to buy the seasoned pacers but backed out at the last minute, allowing SRH to acquire Bhuvneshwar Kumar, a talented pacer.
At both halves of an innings, SRH’s go-to bowler. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has done it everything in the IPL, from picking up early wickets to strangling the opposition in deathovers. His ascension into the cash-rich league, though, was not as straightforward. Bhuvi did not have any opportunity at the RCB in his first two years after being selected as a rookie fast bowler ahead of the 2009 tournament. In 2009, he did play a single game against the Delhi Daredevils. Bhuvi was missed in the shortest format after failing to tick the wickets column.
In 2011, he was signed by the then-new-franchise Pune Warriors as part of a very youthful team that included James Faulkner, Mitchell Marsh, and Clauum Ferguson. Bhuvi became a regular in Pune Warriors’ lineup and was one of the bright spots in an otherwise doomed franchise that went on to be one of the most unsuccessful teams in IPL history. Following the fall of Pune Warriors, SRH recruited Bhuvi in 2014, and the lanky swing bowler’s development in both international and IPL cricket became practically concurrent as he proceeded to create various variations to his game. He was one of the first players in the IPL to make extensive use of the knuckle ball, and his arsenal of variations helped him win the Purple Cap (given to the season’s top wicket-taker) for two years in a row, in 2016 and 2017. Bhuvi couldn’t repeat his performance in the 2018 edition due to a string of ailments, and he missed a few critical games for SRH.