India have suffered a big blow ahead of the tough tour of New Zealand as their star pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out of the tour due to injury. The right-arm pacer recently made his comeback to the national team during the just-concluded T20I series against West Indies.The latest injury would be yet another blow for Bhuvneshwar Kumar who has struggled with his fitness in recent times.
Before playing in the T20I series, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was out of action for a considerable amount of time. The T20I against West Indies was his first appearance for India since the third ODI against the same team on 14 August. Since then, he 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.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar felt discomfort after the third and final T20I against the visitors at the Wankhede on Wednesday night. On reaching Chennai on Thursday afternoon, he informed the team management of pain. He was later ruled out of the series which starts on Sunday (December 15). Shardul Thakur replaced him in the squad.
More setback for Bhuvneshwar Kumar:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines. As per a report in The Times of India, the pacer is suffering from a sports hernia which the doctors failed to notice. Consequently, he is set to miss the tour of New Zealand in February and is unlikely to to return to action before the IPL in summer.
“He will certainly miss the entire tour of New Zealand. Probably should be in a position to return to cricket only during the IPL, if all goes well,” sources told the news outlet.
Earlier, the National Cricket Academy allegedly bungled up while judging the extent Bhuvneshwar’s injury and he continued to play with an injury during World Cup. The right-arm pacer also played in West Indies before being ruled out of action for the next three months.