World Cup 2019: Indian team management gives an update on Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s injury
He walked off the field in the fifth over of the innings.
Updated - Feb 9, 2020 9:04 pm
Team India is currently defending the mammoth total of 336 runs against Pakistan at the Old Trafford in Manchester. They were propelled to such a huge score by Rohit Sharma with a 140-run knock and the skipper Virat Kohli who got out on 77 off 65 deliveries. India needed quick wickets upfront to rock the Men in Green early in the chase. But they were jolted with a huge blow in the fifth over of the innings with Bhuvneshwar Kumar walking off the field and later it was revealed that he won’t be taking any part in the match.
With frequent rain interruption from the 47th over of the Indian innings to the start of Pakistan’s innings, the outfield got a bit soggy and especially the bowling crease. The players are frequently putting sawdust on the wet area to help the pacers land their foot properly. But Bhuvi seemed to be in trouble early in his spell and stretched his hamstring while delivering his third over.
He was seen talking to his skipper and eventually walked off the field with Patrick Farhart chatting to him while going back to the dressing room.
Concerned faces in the dressing room
While Vijay Shankar completed his over and also struck off the first delivery which he bowled to send back Imam-ul-Haq, there were concerned faces in the Indian dressing room. The bowling coach Bharat Arun, Sanjay Bangar and the head coach Ravi Shastri were seen chatting with the physio and soon a message was sent out to Virat Kohli. After some time, the news was made official that Bhuvneshwar Kumar won’t be bowling anymore in the match.
He felt tightness in his left hamstring which led to the bowler going off the field and this seems more of a precautionary measure. India can afford this luxury as Vijay Shankar is in the team and has bowled well so far. The worrying signs would be if the injury is more serious. If Bhuvi is ruled out of the action for the next few weeks, Mohammed Shami will replace him in the line-up who is more than a backup bowler.