Indian bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after scoring back to back half-centuries and taking five wickets in the first Test against England at Trent Bridge. He was struggling in the two warm-up matches before the start of the series, took only one wicket but produced an inspired all-round performance at Trent Bridge in both the innings of the first Test match.
Kumar performed well with the bat on a good bating wicket and also bowl well, where the pitch was not helpful for the bowlers. He finished with figures of five for 82 including the key wickets of Ben Stokes and Matt Prior. He score his maiden half century and sharing a 111-run partnership with Mohammad Shami in the first innings of the 1st test match.
However he wasn’t finished there, in the second innings Kumar entered the crease, with India on 249 for seven and in need of a stable partnership in order to save the game. Kumar once again showed his talent and scored 63 not out and another large partnership this time with Stuart Binny of 91 moved India in to a safe position.