Indian strike bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out of India’s next two or three matches due to a hamstring injury at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, as suggested by the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli after a comfortable victory over their arch-rivals, Pakistan at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on June 16.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar landed awkwardly while completing his third over in the match against Pakistan at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, on Sunday. He immediately left the field, leaving his team with one bowler short.
In a post-match press conference, Virat Kohli made an update on Bhuvi’s injury. He suggested that Bhuvneshwar Kumar will miss two or three matches to recover from the injury.
He said, “Slight light niggle for Bhuvi, he slipped on one of the footmarks. He’s out for two, maybe three games, but he should come back for us at some stage during this tournament. He is very important for us.”
Kohli also suggested that Bhuvneshwar Kumar would be replaced by Mohammed Shami. He said, “Shami was raring to go.”
Virat Kohli was forced to give the ball to Vijay Shankar to complete Kumar’s over. To everyone’s surprise, Shankar took the wicket of Imam-ul-Haq in the very first delivery.
The good length delivery nipped into the left-hander as he tried to flick the ball but couldn’t connect as the ball hit on his back pad. Imam was struck plumb in front of the leg stump, forcing the umpire to raise his finger for an lbw appeal. Imam, after a quick chat with his partner, Fakhar Zaman walked towards the pavilion and not reviewing the decision.
The ‘Men in Blue’ will face Afghanistan, West Indies and England in their next three matches at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The team will hope that their two key players, Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar recover from their injury as soon as possible.