India sustained their first defeat of the ICC World Cup 2019 against England on June 30 (Sunday) at Edgbaston, going down by 31 runs while chasing 338 runs set by the host. England batters took on the Indian spinners taking 160 runs from their 20 overs. India found it hard to take on the English seamers who played four seamers along with all-rounder Ben Stokes. Bowling coach Sanjay Bangar revealed that Bhuvneshwar Kumar was fit to play, but they had backed their strategy of playing two spinners.
Bhuvneshwar was fit to play: Bangar
Meanwhile, Kumar who started ahead of Mohammed Shami injured his hamstring in the game against Pakistan on June 16 at the Old Trafford. Kumar left the field bowling only 2.4 overs. Vijay Shankar stepped up and immediately made a mark removing Imam-ul-Haq with his first delivery. India eventually won the match beating arch-rivals by 89 runs in a rain-marred game. Mohammed Shami came into the team against Afghanistan, and since then, he has been an absolute hit. So far, he has picked 13 wickets from three matches including a five-wicket haul against England.
As India gear up for the clash against Bangladesh on July 2 at Edgbaston, India might think of going in with three pacers and leaving out one spinner among Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Sanjay Bangar while speaking ahead of the game, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has regained full fitness. Moreover, Bangar also said that Kumar was fit to play against England. So far, he has taken five wickets for 95 runs in the first two matches.
“Bhuvneshwar was fit to play against England as well, said Bangar.
India might ring a few changes in their game against Bangladesh bring in Ravindra Jadeja and now fit Bhuvneshwar Kumar in place of Kedar Jadhav and one of the spinners. In conclusion, Sanjay Bangar backed India to comeback against Bangladesh on June 2.