In India’s second T20I against South Africa, Bhuvneshwar Kumar rarely put a foot wrong and seemed to be the only Indian bowler generating any form of bother for the Proteas hitters. The senior Indian fast bowler has battled ailments in the past, but he has been on a roll since the start of 2021.

In the second T20I, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 4/13 to help India put up a fight as they defended a modest target of 149. It brought his total against South Africa to 13, and he now needs three more to become the top wicket-taker in T20 internationals against the Proteas. Former West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo, who retired from international cricket in 2021, and England fast bowler Chris Jordan presently share the record.

In his T20I career, Bhuvneshwar has 63 wickets, 33 of which have come in the powerplay. In T20Is, he is tied with the most wickets in the powerplay overs with former West Indies spinner Samuel Badree. India will meet South Africa in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday, hoping to avoid their first T20I series loss in over three years. They lost the second match after being reduced to 148/6 after failing to defend a target of 212 in the first. Both times, the hosts had lost the toss and had to bat first.

India will be without several important players, including Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli, and captain Rohit Sharma, who have all been rested after a demanding IPL season. The players will rejoin the squad next month when India takes on England in the series’ postponed fifth Test, which was originally planned for September last year.