Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s test fate to be decided post the ICC T20 World Cup: BCCI.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally turned down all the silence relating to Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s test presence in England. The pacer was likely to join the Indian squad in England following three injuries.
Batsman Shubman Gill, Pacer Avesh Khan and all-rounder Washington Sundar got ruled out of entire India vs England five-match test series due to injuries.
Following the injuries, speedster Bhuvneshwar Kumar was almost sure to travel to the UK to cover up the injured players, however, the pacer was not named and BCCI sent just two replacements in Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw.
All this once again became the talking point for all the experts and fans, who felt Kumar was the best-suited player as the replacement. It is noteworthy, the swing bowler has not featured in any Test match since January 2018, all thanks to his everlasting timely injuries.
According to the Times of India, Kumar has not been sent to England due to his fitness issues.
“The board had a discussion with Bhuvneshwar. It has been decided that he won’t be pushed to play Test cricket before the T20 World Cup. He has to first play three-four First-Class games. He hasn’t played the longer format for over three years. There’s a chance of him breaking down if he suddenly resumes playing Test cricket,” said BCCI official.
The official further told that the call on Kumar’s test presence will be taken before the start of the South Africa tour.
India will tour South Africa in December for three Test matches and as many T20Is.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to International cricket during the last India-England limited-overs series.
He returned with impressive figures in the T20I series and was adjudged as the Man of the Match in the deciding T20I. Moreover, the pacer was also named the ICC Player of the Month in March.