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Bhuvneshwar Kumar in contention for a spot in 3rd Test at MCG

The Indian bowling did not seem to trouble the Australian batsmen in the first two Tests, only claiming a grand total of 12 wickets at Adelaide. Also the injury of the young swing bowler, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar made the bowling weak to a considerable extent. But recently, there are speculations which are being made regarding Bhuvaneshwar Kumar that he is in contention to play on Boxing Day Test.

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar suffered an injury and required nursing a sore left ankle and that made him miss the first two tests of the series against Australia at Adelaide and Brisbane respectively. Recently, he batted in the nets without any discomfort which raised his chances to play in the third Test match against Australia.

Recently, Kumar came out for practice sessions with his ankle strapped. He batted with the fellow pacers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav in the nets. If after some fitness tests, he is declared fit then he is likely to replace Varun Aaron in the next test at Melbourne. Aaron bowled with consistent pace but struggled to find accuracy in his line and length in both the tests and thus as a result of which, he was rather pretty much expensive.

But recently, rain hampered the practice sessions as there was an untimely drizzle which ended India’s tune up session. And this happened before Kumar could test his ankle while bowling and thus he has not yet bowled.

But Kumar did bowl after the second Test at Gabba and looked comfortable then. Also, there are quite a few days time left for the third test and thus Kumar can stretch himself to get fit to play in the next test.

Kumar has quickly emerged to be one of the shinning pros of the Indian team. He has bagged 28 wickets in 11 tests. Also, as a reward for his consistent performance of late, Kumar was promoted to Grade A in BCCI’s contract list for the 2014-15 session. Kumar bagged 19 wickets in India’s tour to England.

If he is back in the team for the next test, India will surely find some strength in the bowling department and might well make a comeback in the series.

 

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