Shardul Thakur Replaces Bhuvneshwar Kumar for West Indies

Shardul Thakur To Replace Unfit Bhuvneshwar Kumar For West Indies ODIs

India pacer Shardul Thakur is set to be recalled in the ODI squad as he will be replacing an unfit Bhuvneshwar Kumar for West Indies ODIs. As per a report in Sportstar, the selectors considered Umesh Yadav as other option and gave a go-ahead to Shardul.

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The right-arm pacer has played five ODIs in which he has six wickets. Thakur was in the scheme of things for World Cup 2019 as well but with Mohammed Shami regaining form in white-ball cricket, he went down in the pecking order.

Shardul Thakur To Replace Unfit Bhuvneshwar Kumar For West Indies ODIs 1
Shardul Thakur (Credits: Getty)

Shardul was a part of the T20I series against Bangladesh but did not get a chance. He had undergone a foot surgery after IPL 2019. He made his comeback for Mumbai in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and was called in the national squad as well. Though with selectors making a change in the pace-attack for West Indies T20Is, the selection panel dropped Thakur.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T20I squad

Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar has been ruled out due to groin injury. As per a report, he complained of pain to the team management and was in line to be ruled out. The three T20Is against West Indies was the comeback series for the right-arm pacer.

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He had travelled to West Indies after World Cup 2019 but sat out of international cricket for almost four months due to a back issue. BCCI did not make an official statement on Bhuvneshwar then. It remains to be seen if he will be fit for the tour of New Zealand next year.

He is the second player to be ruled out of ODIs. Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of complete series due to a thigh injury which he suffered during Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He was replaced by Sanju Samson in T20Is while Mayank Agarwal took his place for ODIs.

India take on West Indies in the opening ODI in Chennai on Sunday. The next two ODIs will be played in Vizag and Cuttack on December 18 and 22, respectively. Ahead of the ODIs, Men in Blue won the three-match T20I series 2-1.