Out-of-favour India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has become the center of attention on social media after reports surfaced that he made a subtle change in his Instagram bio. The right-arm fast bowler allegedly removed the word ‘cricketer’ from his profile, triggering speculation among fans about his future in the game. The omission of this significant term has led to widespread guesses that the player might be contemplating retirement.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar last represented India in November last year during a T20I match against New Zealand. Since then, he has remained out of the national squad, drawing attention to his cricketing future. However, he was actively involved in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, playing all 14 matches for SunRisers Hyderabad.
The alteration in Bhuvneshwar’s Instagram bio has led to a flurry of comments and discussions on social media platforms. Fans have expressed mixed emotions, with some expressing concern and sadness at the possibility of the cricketer’s retirement, while others lauded his skills and contributions to the sport.
“Shameful if he doesn’t get a proper farewell,” “Retirement from cricket?” and “Show me a better inswinger than Bhuvi” were some of the comments that flooded social media following the revelation.
Having made his international debut in 2012, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has had an illustrious career representing India in various formats. In Test cricket, he has claimed 63 wickets in 21 matches, maintaining an impressive average of 26.09 and an economy rate of 2.94. His best bowling figures in an innings stand at 6/82, while his best match figures are 8/96.
Bhuvneshwar has also showcased his batting prowess in the longest format, amassing 552 runs in 29 innings at an average of over 22, including three fifties. His highest individual score in Test cricket remains an unbeaten 63.
In One-Day Internationals (ODIs), Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s bowling prowess has been commendable, with 141 wickets under his belt at an average of 35.11 and an economy rate of 5.08. He has delivered some impressive performances in the 50-over format, with his best bowling figures standing at 5/42.
The right-arm pacer has also excelled in the shortest format of the game, shining in T20Is with 90 wickets in 87 matches. His bowling average of 23.10 and economy rate of 6.96 demonstrate his effectiveness as a T20 bowler. Bhuvneshwar’s best bowling figures in T20Is are an impressive 5/4.
As fans and cricket enthusiasts await official clarification regarding Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s Instagram bio change, the speculation surrounding his future continues to spark debate and curiosity among the cricketing community. His contributions to Indian cricket have been significant, and fans are eager to see whether this change is a signal of the cricketer’s future plans or simply a minor adjustment in his social media presence.