India has suffered a setback of sorts as the premier pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out of the first three Tests against England. Kumar is set to travel back to India for further assessment and rehabilitation. BCCI named 18-man squad for the five-match Test series against England and included Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the setup. The pace bowler sustained a back injury during the final game of the one-day series against England played at Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been a frontline option for India in the five-day format. He also did exceedingly well in the three-match Test series played in South Africa. He contributed well with the bat and scored 101 runs at an average of 33.67. He was splendid with the ball for India as he picked up 10 wickets at an average of 20.3. He was India’s second best batsman on the South Africa tour behind Indian Captain Virat Kohli.
Kumar will certainly be missed by India due to vital contributions with bat and ball. The absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar will make India’s lower-order frail against England in seamer-friendly conditions. Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Umesh Yadav will have to do the bulk of the work for India in the upcoming five-match Test series against England.
Jaspreet Bumrah is also recovering from a hand injury sustained during the T20 series against Ireland. India will be hoping that Bumrah can regain full fitness to play some part in the series. India will most probably field a team without two premier pacers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jaspreet Bumrah.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jaspreet Bumrah were considered first-choice options for India for the opening game of the five-match series that will begin from 1st August at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham. The second game will be played at Lords on 9th August. The other three games will be played at Trent Bridge, Rose Bowl and The Oval respectively