Bhuvneshwar's economical spell more important than hat-trick: father
Bhuvneshwar Kumar's father, Kiran Pal Singh, a sub-inspector with the UP Police, believes his son's economical bowling spell on Tuesday is far more important than the missed hat-trick.
Bhuvneshwar gave away only eight runs in six overs and took four wickets that helped India to a convincing win over Sri Lanka in the do-or-die tri-series clash.
“When he grabbed the wickets of (Upul) Tharanga and Sangakkara on two consecutive deliveries, we prayed he would take a hat-trick. However, that was not to be,” said Kiran Pal yesterday.
“But we are not disappointed at all because he took important wickets that helped us win,” the proud father said from Meerut.
Neighbours join too
“Our neighbours in Ganga Nagar society started flocking our home the moment Bhuvneshwar sent the top-order batsmen into the pavilion.
Our friends and neighbours were here till the presentation ceremony got over in the wee hours,” he added.
Bhuvneshwar’s analysis of 6-1-8-4 earned him the man-of-the-match award. “I don’t know whom he has attributed his award to. May be victims of flood-affected people in Uttarakhand. He had already donated Rs 1,00,000 initially”.
Best economical figures for India
> Sunil Joshi 5-6 in 10 overs, Econ: 0.60 vs South Africa in 1999
> Manoj Prabhakar 3-5 in 5 overs, Econ: 1.00 vs Pakistan in 1989
> Yuvraj Singh 4-6 in 4.3 overs, Econ: 1.33 vs Namibia in 2003
> Anil Kumble 5-15 in 6.5 overs, Econ: 1.94 vs West Indies in 1993
> Virender Sehwag 4-6 in 2.5 overs, Econ: 2.11 vs Bangladesh in 2010
> Ravi Shastri 6-12 in 6.1 overs, Econ: 2.19 vs Australia in 1991