After spending a considerable time on the sidelines, fast-bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar finally trained with Team India on Tuesday. The pacer is currently recovering from a hamstring injury and a side strain and seems to have almost recovered. The right-arm pacer assessed himself for a comeback by participating in a “skill session” during Indian team’s practice ahead of the series-opener against Bangladesh.
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India’S Test squad is currently in Indore for the forthcoming first Test against Bangladesh, starting on Thursday (November 14). The Indian team management seem to have taken charge of Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s final phase of rehabilitation. His injury has been a major concern for the team-management since the tour of West Indies ended.
He has not played a competitive game since the third ODI against West Indies on 14 August. Since then, he has missed the Test series against West Indies as well as the home series against South Africa and Bangladesh. After returning from the Caribbeans, he followed a rehabilitation programme at the National Cricket Academy.
“Bhuvi is here for a skill session with the team. The team management just wants him to get into the groove,” a team source was quoted as saying by PTI.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a catching session with fielding coach R Sridhar and then participated briefly in the net session. He bowled a few deliveries from full run-up but his running made it clear he was not fully fit. India will be desperate to have Bhuvneshwar Kumar back in the fold. With Khaleel Ahmed once again failing to deliver, India would love to have Bhuvneshwar back in the team.
The hosts, meanwhile, will be looking to continue their winning run in Tests when they take on Bangladesh. Having won 11 series in a row at home, India are favourites for the upcoming series too.