Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s injury puts a question mark over specialists team at NCA
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was recently diagnosed with a hernia in Mumbai after he complained of discomfort post the two T20Is against West Indies. The fast-medium bowler has been ruled out from the ODI series against West Indies and has been replaced by Shardul Thakur. However, the hernia issue of the bowler has once again raised eyebrows at the team of specialists at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
In a special talk with IANS, a BCCI official said that while the protocol says that both the contracted players should be at the rehab but the end of the day, it should be their call to make. As a cricketer, any injury means a lot to the player, and beyond a point, it will have to their decision to make the right call.
“Both Pandya and Bumrah made it clear to the team management that they wouldn’t wish to go to the academy for rehabilitation and that is why while Yogesh Parmar kept an eye on Pandya, Nitin Patel studied every process that Bumrah followed during the rehab. Yes, they are contracted players and they should have been at the NCA, but the stakes are high and for a sportsperson, injuries are a serious matter. So, beyond a point you have to allow them to take a call that they are comfortable with,” the functionary said.
Bhuvneshwar hernia reopens pandora’s box at NCA
Bhuvneshwar Kumar spent some time at the NCA after India’s ouster from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He has been on and off the rehab to gain 100 per cent fitness and later made his come back at the national side. However, the specialists’ team at the NCA was unable to discover the issue, and with just two games on his return on the national team, the pacer reported discomfort.
“He was at the NCA for close to three months and without getting into details on the number of tests done on him in Bengaluru, all I will say is that he was checked for all possible issues. But strangely, the sportsman’s hernia wasn’t diagnosed. And no sooner was he test in Mumbai that it was caught. Now make what you will of this,” said the official.
However, this has not been the first time that such an incident has come to light. Wriddhiman Saha is a famous example of the negligence shown by the specialists at the NCA. The wicketkeeper-batsman was out of the national side ever since his minor injury escalated to a bigger one.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar will now face the same ill-fate and will have not only to miss the ODI series against West Indies but will also miss out the subsequent series.
“Interestingly, this isn’t the first time that a player has had to face this sort of an issue at the NCA. Wriddhiman Saha episode is there for all to see and now we have a scenario where Bhuvi will miss a crucial series against New Zealand and we all know what he brings to the table in conditions which aid swing and seam. He will have to undergo surgery and should be back in time for the Indian Premier League,” the functionary explained.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar plays for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in IPL. He is SRH’s go-to bowler at both the ends of an innings. He has been by the franchise ever since the Hyderabad franchise signed Bhuvi in 2014.
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