Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out for 2-3 matches due to hamstring injury
India have been hit with a massive injury blow as pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is ruled out of India’s next couple of matches or three matches due to hamstring injury he picked up during the match against Pakistan on Sunday in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli affirmed the injury occurred after Bhuvneshwar stretched his hamstring after slipping on the footmarks during his bowling run-up. In spite of the fact that he depicted the injury as a “slight niggle” Kohli said Bhuvneshwar would not be accessible for selection for the matches against Afghanistan on June 22 and West Indies on June 27 and perhaps the important clash against England on June 30.
“He has a slight niggle,” Kohli told after their thumping 89-run win against Pakistan on Sunday, June 16 at Old Trafford. “It was a direct result of slipping on the foot marks. It doesn’t look excessively serious right now. We are going to give him some time. Hopefully he will be recovered in a couple of games, if not max by three matches from now.”
Kohli also assured that they were not much worried about the injury as they had a perfect replacement in Mohammad Shami. The skipper also revealed that Bhuvneshwar himself didn’t think the injury was much serious. “He himself feels that the niggle isn’t really awful. Simply time (resting) will mend it. He will be a significant factor for us so he hopefully he can recover well in time. We have Shami prepared and raring to go so we are not very worried about where the circumstance stands,” Kohli said.
It was the fifth over of Pakistan innings in which Bhuvneshwar was thumping Imam-ul-Haq hands as he was removing the ball from the left-hander. In any case, the quick bowler felt the inconvenience subsequent to deliver the fourth ball of that over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar stopped for a moment to talk with Virat Kohli and the remainder of the players before walking off the field.
Bhuvneshwar hadn’t been the first player to be added in the injury list for India. Earlier, opener Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of three weeks of India’s upcoming World Cup matches after he suffered a hairline fracture on his left thumb.