Bhuvneshwar Kumar Ruled Out Of New Zealand Tour

Bhuvneshwar Kumar Ruled Out Of New Zealand Tour, Might Make A Comeback During IPL 2020: Report

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India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar made his much-awaited come for the home series against West Indies but he suffered some issues even before the end of the T20I series. He has already been ruled out of the ODI series due to a groin issue and looks set to sit out for long. As per a report in The Times of India, Bhuvneshwar is suffering from a sports hernia which the doctors failed to notice.

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This will rule him out of action for long and Bhuvneshwar might only make a comeback during IPL 2020 – he will also miss New Zealand tour. “He will certainly miss the entire tour of New Zealand. Probably should be in a position to return to cricket only during the IPL, if all goes well,” sources told TOI.

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As per reports earlier, NCA bungled up while judging the extent Bhuvneshwar’s injury and he continued to play with an injury during World Cup. The right-arm pacer also played in West Indies before being ruled out of action for the next three months.

He underwent sessions at NCA and played two T20 matches for Uttar Pradesh before making a comeback for the home series against West Indies but as the report mentions, the doctors failed to detect sports hernia.

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India off-spinner R Ashwin suffered the same issue a couple of years back and had to miss complete IPL 2017. He made his return for ICC Champions Trophy. It remains to be seen what the BCCI suggests for Bhuvneshwar.

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A string of injuries has seen Bhuvneshwar sit out for long. He hasn’t played a Test match for two years now. After being rested for home Test against Afghanistan, he was expected to lead the pace attack against England last year but was ruled out of the complete series due to back issue which he suffered after playing third ODI. He didn’t get a chance in playing XI in Australia and wasn’t selected for West Indies Tests.

For now, he has been replaced by Shardul Thakur for West Indies ODIs and the Mumbaikar is also expected to keep his place for Australia ODIs next year.