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England vs India: Indian pacer to miss today’s T20I in Bristol

After Jasprit Bumrah, here comes another body blow for Virat and Co.

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Virat Kohli of India celebrates. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The Indian team is currently in England for a three-match T20I series. They won the first match at the Old Trafford in Manchester courtesy of KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav’s brilliance in their respective departments. However, the Men in Blue slumped to their maiden defeat at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. Following their defeat, Virat Kohli and his men have more reasons to worry now.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, one of their gun bowlers, will not be available for the third T20I at the County Ground in Bristol. He is struggling with a back-stiffness as per reports in Sports Tak. Prior to this, the team has already been jolted with a couple of blows. Previously, Jasprit Bumrah and Washington Sundar were ruled out due to injuries.

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Fortunately, their appropriate replacements were named by the national selectors. Deepak Chahar, who played for India A recently, has been presented with his national cap by Kohli and will make his debut today. The bowling is expected to be under severe test in the absence of Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah. In the meantime, the management will wish for the pacer to attain fitness before the ODIs.

Bhuvneshwar hasn’t had much to cheer in his team’s tour of the United Kingdom (UK) thus far. He played one match versus Ireland at the Malahide Cricket Ground in Dublin and went wicketless. The pacer was rested in the next match as a part of Virat’s tactic to chop and change in the T20 format.

He leaked 45 runs in his spell in the first contest versus England and was also his side’s most expensive bowler. In the second match, he bowled three economical overs and picked up Jonny Bairstow’s wicket. He was required to defend 12 runs in the last over, but he couldn’t as Alex Hales took him to the cleaners.

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