Indian pacer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s injury has grown multiple folds, following his participation in the decider game of the ODI series. His on and off scuffles with injuries has put the pressure on the BCCI support staffs to help him recover prior to the 1st test versus a seemingly strong England.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s on and off scuffles
The 28-year-old was suffering from the back problems since the commencement of IPL, and his injury got further aggravated during his participation in the decider game of the 3 match ODI competitions. As a result, Bhuvaneshwar’s inclusion in the 18-man test squad for the first 3 tests still remain a doubtful decision.
The question is, if Bhuvaneshwar Kumar wasn’t fit, then why was he included for the final ODI in the first place.
BCCI official’s frustration crops up
Even a senior BCCI official showed discontent with the team’s decision of including him into the final XI despite knowing the consequences that could arise from it.
“The moment we are saying he has aggravated his injury, we are conceding that he wasn’t fully fit. So, if he is a vital cog in our test match scheme of things, why was he risked for an ODI,” said the BCCI official.
The official further raised queries regarding the roles of Shankar Basu and Farhart, and also on their need to forcibly stuff the Indian pacer despite knowing his shortcomings in the game.
“There are some questions that the team management needs to answer. If despite being given rest during the third T20 and first two ODIs, he wasn’t 100 percent fit, then why was he allowed to play. Secondly, did Farhart report before the 3rd ODI that playing him would be risking his injury?” said the BCCI official who looked seemingly disappointed with the conduct of the BCCI support team.
Previous tour to England in 2014
On India’s tour of England way back in 2014, Bhuvaneshwar had done reasonably well as an all-rounder for the team. He had 3 fifties to his name the end of the series and played a key role in India’s win over the English unit at Lord’s, which also happened to be their solitary win in the series.
In 21 tests, the UP pacer has managed to take 63 wickets with 4 five-wicket hauls at an average of 26.1, and 552 runs with the bat at an average of 22.08. let’s see if he can make a rapid recovery prior to the 1st game.