Bhuvneshwar Kumar shares an update on his injury before England series
Kumar hasn't played any form of international cricket since December 2019.
Updated - Jan 19, 2021 11:02 am
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the veteran Indian fast bowler, is geared up to face England on home soil. The speedster was a part of the World Cup squad, but he hasn’t played international cricket since December 2019 due to a trail of injuries. Ahead of India’s home campaign against the Three Lions, starting February 5, the pacer shared an update on his progress after recovering from injury.
The seamer doesn’t wish to look too far ahead but looks forward to getting a grip back into international cricket through the upcoming series. Kumar also worked hard in his rehab at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.
I am taking it one by one: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
“I am raring to go against England. I am fit after recovering from injury. I did my rehab well at the National Cricket Academy and am playing in Mushtaq Ali Trophy to prove my match fitness. Before IPL, my mission is to do well against England and I am looking forward to the opportunity. There are plenty of opportunities this year, but I am taking it one by one,” Kumar told to Hindustan Times.
Bhuvneshwar is currently taking part in the 2021 edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy. Playing for Uttar Pradesh, he started the tournament with a three-wicket haul against Punjab in Alur. In that game, he also scored an unbeaten 24, batting lower down the order.
Then in the match against Railways, he got one wicket. However, in the last two matches against Jammu and Kashmir, and Karnataka, Kumar couldn’t pick up a single wicket. He was a part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2020 IPL but missed out due to injury.
At the present point in time, the Indian team has been plagued with injuries. Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Ishant Sharma are suffering from injuries. It’s one of the reasons why Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, and T Natarajan were handed their maiden Test caps.
Bhuvneshwar hasn’t played Test cricket since the 2018 tour of South Africa and he’s likely to be picked for the upcoming series. In 21 Tests, 114 ODIs, and 43 T20Is, Kumar has 63, 132, and 41 wickets respectively.