Indian National Cricket Team received a massive blow with their star bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out from the ongoing game against Pakistan at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar pulled his hamstring while bowling and had to leave the field with immediate effect.
Bhuvneshwar ruled out from this match
Batting first, India posted 336 runs with a century from Rohit Sharma and fifties from skipper Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. Rohit long with his new opening partner, Rahul got India off to a flying start adding 136 runs for the first wicket. Both dominated the game right from the start taking on the Pakistan bowlers. While Rahul was a bit cautious, Rohit was fluent considering that he came to the game on the back of a century and a fifty.
Although Rahul departed soon after reaching his fifty, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli marched on to take the score over 350+. The Mumbai batsman scored his second half-century of the World Cup before Virat Kohli took over the scheme of things. But Pakistan brought things back banking on Mohammad Amir’s three-wicket haul to restrict India to 336 uns.
Bhuvneshwar pulls his hamstring
Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar started off well in the run chase. However, after bowling the fourth delivery of his third over, Bhuvneshwar felt some discomfort on his hamstring and decided to head back to the pavilion as a precautionary measure. However, it came as a blessing in disguise for Team India, Vijay Shankar, who replaced Bhuvneshwar to complete the fifth over, dismissed Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq in his very first delivery.
Meanwhile, BCCI has revealed that Bhuvneshwar Kumar has tightness in his left hamstring and will take no further part in this match. This will be a massive blow to Virat Kohli & Co who will be a bowler short which will be detrimental in the death overs. Bhuvneshwar has been bowling in fine rhythm and the management will want him to recover soon ahead of the next tie against Afghanistan on March 22.