The biggest highlight from the selection meeting for the Bangladesh series was the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The right-arm pacer, who has been India’s lead pacer in white-ball format for years now, wasn’t a part of the T20I squad. The selectors did not even give an explanation as to why he wasn’t a part of the team.
As per a report in The Times of India, he is presently undergoing strength and conditioning programmes at NCA as he isn’t fit. A source also told TOI that Bhuveneshwar has been carrying the issue since July 2018 but wasn’t treated properly.
“They must come up with a clear explanation of why it is taking Bhuvi so long to get back. The board announced that Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya needed to travel to England. Bumrah didn’t even need surgery,” an official told TOI.
“He was not treated properly. His injury was allowed to aggravate because the team wanted to take him to the World Cup,” a source was quoted as saying by TOI.
Last year, the institution had also bungled up while treating Wriddhiman Saha and he sat out for more than a year. Saha made his national comeback for the West Indies tour but only got to play his first match at home against South Africa earlier this month.
It remains to be seen when Bhuvneshwar will make a comeback and whether the board comes up with an official statement on his fitness. He hasn’t played any competitive match since the third ODI against West in August. If fit, he might play Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Uttar Pradesh.
While Bhuvneshwar’s comeback date hasn’t been out, Jasprit Bumrah looks set to make a comeback soon. In his Twitter post on Tuesday, the right-arm pacer indicated that he could be back to the game sooner than expected.
He is recovering from a stress fracture in the back and will soon travel NCA to ascertain when he can make his comeback. It is unlikely that Bumah will play an international match in 2019.