Bhuvneshwar Kumar out for 2 matches
June 18, 2019
Star Indian bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the latest on the Team India World Cup 2019 side to be ruled out due to injury. The fast bowler is out of the next two games because of a hamstring issue.
Captain Virat Kohli said this after the India vs Pakistan clash on Sunday. Bhuvneshwar Kumar developed a problem in his third over against Pakistan after he did not his footing right in the run-up. Mohammed Shami, who was not considered for the Pakistan match, will replace him in the upcoming matches.
Slight niggle for Bhuvi, he slipped on one of the footmarks. He's out for two, maybe three games, but he should come back for us at some stage during this tournament. He is very important for us" - Virat Kohli, India cricket captain
Kohli said that "Shami was raring to go". India's next three games are against Afghanistan (22 June), West Indies (27 June) and England (30 June).
This is the second major blow for India after Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of a few games due to a thumb injury, sustained during the match against Australia. Kohli had said that Dhawan will be in "a plaster for a couple of weeks" but hoped that the Indian opener would be fit for the latter half of the league stage and the following semi-finals.
Both Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar are critical in their respective departments although Team India have enough good players in the ranks to deal with their absence.
With this win, India moved up to the third spot in the World Cup 2019 points table. New Zealand are on the top with three wins in as many matches, while England are second with the help of a better net-run rate than India.