Bhuvneshwar Kumar achieved his career-best figures of 8/41 against Bengal in the Ranji Trophy 2024.
This match marked Bhuvneshwar's return to first-class cricket after a gap of six years, his last red-ball game being in January 2018 against South Africa.
On the first day, Bhuvneshwar ended with exceptional figures of 5/25 in 13 overs, including three maiden overs.
This performance added to Bhuvneshwar’s tally of first-class five-wicket hauls, bringing his total to 13.
Uttar Pradesh, Bhuvneshwar's team, was bowled out for 60 runs in their first innings, but he helped restrict Bengal to 188, giving Bengal a lead of 128 runs.
This match was Bhuvneshwar’s 71st first-class game, and he has over 226 wickets in this format with an average above 26.
This was the first time Bhuvneshwar took more than six wickets in a first-class innings.
Bhuvneshwar's spell was crucial in keeping Uttar Pradesh's deficit manageable in the match.
His performance was especially noteworthy as Uttar Pradesh had collapsed for a low score in their first innings.
Bhuvneshwar’s return to first-class cricket was eagerly anticipated, and he lived up to expectations with his outstanding performance.