What a start from Bhuvneshwar Kumar!
The Indians took a brave call, as they dropped Rahane and Ishant for Rohit and Pandya in the starting XI. Cricket pundits all over the world took a collective gasp, as Kohli took a huge risk in the biggest test of his captaincy career so far.
Hardly anyone could have expected India to drop Ajinkya Rahane from the starting XI, as his average on oversees tours is among the best in the world. Rohit’s stunning form from 2017
But all doubts disappeared in the very first over, as Bhuvneshwar Kumar got rid of Dean Elgar in the very first over. The Indian star bowler gave his team the perfect start, as Bhuvi immediately found the perfect line and length.
That was not all, as the pace bowler knocked over Markram in his next over to give Virat Kohli’s men the perfect start to the South African tour.
After bowling a couple of out swingers, Bhuvi sent one in which caught Markram by surprise. The batsman could not react in time, as he did not offer a shot and was caught plumb in front of the stumps.
Bhuvi was sensational, as the South African batsmen was at all sea against his skill. Even the great Amla could not get a grip on Bhuvi, as he was caught in the slips off another super delivery from the Indian pacer.
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