IPL 2021: Bhuvneshwar gives Sunrisers a huge injury scare
In what comes as a major setback for Sunrisers Hyderabad, their key fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar walked off the ground during the game against Punjab Kings. The pacer didn’t bowl his full quota of 4 overs as he walked off with a thigh strain, as disclosed by commentator Lisa Sthalekar.
The right-arm quick was quite superb with the ball during the ball as he kept the PBKS batsmen silent in his first over where he gave away only 6 runs. In his next over, he took the big wicket of PBKS captain Lokesh Rahul.
The dangerous batsman ended up dragging a good length ball straight to the man at mid-wicket as Bhuveshwar Kumar got his first wicket. The pacer bowled his third over in the powerplay and ended up with impressive bowling figures of 1/16 in 3 overs before he left the ground.
He didn’t return to the field to bowl his final over as Siddarth Kaul and Khaleel Ahmed took up the responsibility in delivering the death overs. Bhuvneshwar’s injury gives Sunrisers a major scare. With T Natarajan already out of the team due to a niggle, SRH face a big problem.
SRH already lost their first three games of this season’s IPL but managed to get off the mark with a win over Punjab Kings. Meanwhile, the pacer has had a history of infamous injuries over the last few years. He underwent sports hernia surgery early last year, which kept him out of cricketing action for some time. He made a fantastic comeback in IPL 2020 but was ruled out in the team’s fourth game of the season.
During the game against CSK, he bowled 3.1 overs before sustaining a hamstring injury. He quickly walked off the field, and after subsequent scans, it was later on revealed that he would be out for the rest of the tournament.
The right-arm fast bowler underwent a long rehabilitation process and then made a comeback to international cricket earlier this year. He was a regular feature in the five T20Is against England in March. He bagged as many as four wickets while maintaining a superb economy rate of 6.38.
The pacer also picked up 6 wickets in the three-match ODI series. As far as this IPL is concerned, the right-arm pacer took 3 wickets in 4 games.