Chris Gayle assault has shattered Pune Warriors' morale: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Rookie India pacer Kumar conceded just eight runs in his first three overs even as Gayle was smashing everything out of the park. It was one of the tightest spells in T20 cricket.

updated: April 24, 2013 14:07 IST
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When Chris Gayle went berserk against Pune Warriors, only one man was left standing in the storm at Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday night -- Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

The Uttar Pradesh seamer, who has had a great start to his international career, has kept on impressing even in the shortest format of the game. Lack of pressure from the other end though, means that Kumar may not be getting enough wickets but his economy of 6.21 in 8 matches, sums up the respect he is getting from the opponent batsmen. In the middle of the Gayle storm in Bangalore, Kumar had conceded just eight runs from his first three overs! Amazingly tight by any standards on a perfect batting track.

"As a team it was a tough match to play but individually for me it was good. We gave away 263 runs out of which I gave only 23 runs. That was satisfying for me," he told the IPL site after the match. "(But) when Gayle bats like that nobody wants to bowl, especially on a wicket like this where the ball comes on well onto the bat. All I can say is that it's tough luck for the bowlers if he decides to bat like that."

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