India suffered a huge setback as Bhuvneshwar Kumar was ruled out from participating further in the clash against Pakistan in Manchester on Sunday. The Indian seamer was forced to leave the pitch midway due to a hamstring injury, which he sustained while bowling the fifth over of the Pakistan innings.
The incident happened in the fourth ball of the over as Bhuvneshwar slipped after stepping in one of the footholes during his followthrough. All-rounder Vijay Shankar was asked to deliver the remaining two balls of the over.
According to BCCI media team, Bhuvneshwar suffered “tightness in his left hamstring” which forced him to leave the field after bowling 2.4 overs. He will take no further part in the game. His figures were 2.4-0-8-0.
The team’s designated 12th man Ravindra Jadeja took the field for the remainder of the Pakistan run chase.
Going into the contest with two seamers and an equal number of tweakers, this comes as a huge setback for the Men in Blue looking at the overcast conditions.
The Bhuvi injury is a big blow. With rain in the air, wickets the key.
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If Bhuvneshwar does not get fit in time for the Afghanistan game in Southampton on June 22, then Mohammed Shami will come in his place. In the worst case scenario, if Bhuvneshwar is ruled out of the tournament, India’s back-up pacer Khaleel Ahmed is traveling with the team.
Earlier in the day, brilliant innings by Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli helped India post a challenging total on the board. While Sharma notched up his 24th ODI ton, Kohli was dismissed on 77 off 65 balls. In the absence of regular opener Shikhar Dhawan who is also ruled out of the contest due to a fractured thumb, KL Rahul opened the Indian innings with Rohit. The duo gave India a rock-solid start as they added 136 runs for the opening wicket.