Bhuvneshwar Kumar was named Player of the Match in the first T20I against Sri Lanka.
India made a thumping start in the three-match T20I series by beating Sri Lanka in the first game by 38 runs. Vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar starred with the ball, as he picked up four wickets and was also named the Player of the Match for his heroic performance. Apart from the match, one thing is also constant when leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is with the team, the post-match presentation show Chahal TV.
The 31-year-old has been conducting this fun talk show after the match for close to one to two years. He keeps interviewing players and has a fun, interactive session with his teammates and buddies. This time Chahal invited Bhuvneshwar Kumar on the special ‘Chahal TV’.
The right-arm pacer too is known for playing pranks on his mates and also pulling the legs of his friends and teammates. Kumar’s fun side was there for all to see when he jokingly told Chahal for ignoring him for so long as it was his maiden appearance on Chahal TV on Sunday (25 July).
“I am upset with Chahal, as this is my first time on his show. I kept making signs from the dressing room, requesting him to invite me on the show, but he never called me,” said Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was awarded the Player of the Match earlier in the day for his four-for.
Three all-rounders in one frame 😉
Presenting the three Musketeers ☺️
Brilliant win today 💪
On to the next one 🇮🇳 #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/wKZpCBrz4i
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) July 25, 2021
Bhuvneshwar Kumar opens up about his bowling plans in the first T20I
Apart from having Kumar on his TV show, Chahal had Deepak Chahar as his guest too. The trio was seen having a serious discussion too, apart from the banter. Kumar shed light on how he bowled according to his strengths in the first T20I against Sri Lanka.
“There was a bit of swing early on. With Sri Lankan batters taking risks early on, there were boundaries. In the middle overs, the focus was on getting as many dot balls as possible, and towards the death, I looked to take the pace off the ball. Things fell in place in terms of execution.”
Meanwhile, Chahal carried his fine form from the ODIs to T20Is by being economical in the first game. He picked up one wicket and gave away just 19 runs. The second T20I will be played on Tuesday (27 July).