Good news for the Indian fans at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as Bhuvneshwar Kumar was seen hitting at the indoor nets in Manchester on Tuesday.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was seen bowling in net practice for around 35 minutes which was a big relief for the Indian team management. The almost full run-up bowling session indicated that the hamstring niggle is improving and the right-handed pacer can return to the Indian squad very shortly.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar started with a short run-up. However, he gradually increased his run-up under the observation of Team India’s physio, Patrick Farhart. According to a report by IANS, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli also checked upon Bhuvneshwar Kumar during the practice session. Reports also suggest that Bhuvneshwar Kumar did not look in discomfort during the practice session.
According to IANS, a source quoted, “It is indeed a positive sign as he bowled close to 30-35 minutes under Farhart’s observation. It started with a small four or five step run-in to the wicket before he kept increasing the run-up at regular intervals. He was also checked on by skipper Virat Kohli during his net session. There was no visible discomfort and that is a good sign.”
The 29-year-old pulled up his hamstring during the 5th over in the match against Pakistan on June 16. He immediately left the field and so not come back to bowl after a ‘slight niggle’ as suggested by Virat Kohli. The team management later revealed the Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be ruled out for two or three matches. He was replaced by Mohammad Shami in the match against Afghanistan on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, Navdeep Saini arrived at Manchester as a net bowler. In an official statement, the BCCI wrote, “Navdeep Saini has arrived in Manchester. Navdeep is the only net bowler here and he will train with the Indian cricket team. He has joined as a net bowler and not as anybody’s cover like Pant had come in as cover for Shikhar Dhawan.”
India will face West Indies in their sixth match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Thursday at Old Trafford, Manchester.