India tour of Sri Lanka: Decision on Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s future in Test after T20 World Cup – Reports

India tour of Sri Lanka: Decision on Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s Test future will be taken after T20 World Cup after a few first-class games
India tour of Sri Lanka: Decision on Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s Test future will be taken after T20 World Cup after a few first-class games

India tour of Sri Lanka: Call on Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s Test future after T20 World Cup: Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s future in Tests now hangs in balance with a string of injuries that have curtailed the swing specialist’s progress. That he was not taken to England despite him being one of the best bowlers for the conditions raised many questions. But as per BCCI, a call will be taken on his Test future after the T20 World Cup for which he will be a great asset to Virat Kohli’s Team India. Kumar is currently in Sri Lanka for a limited-overs tour and hasn’t been able to impress for the Shikhar Dhawan-led side.

As per a report in TOI, BCCI will take a call on India’s ace pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s future in the red-ball format ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

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The board had a discussion with Bhuvneshwar. It has been decided that he won’t be pushed to play Test cricket before the T20 World Cup,” the official told TOI.

India tour of Sri Lanka: The last time he featured in a Test match was back in 2018 on the South Africa tour. Since then, he has not bowled with the red-cherry.  However, the last Test match he played in, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the top performer for India. He bagged four wickets in the match and scored 63 runs in two innings combined to lead India to victory. Considering he still has some years left in him to play the longer format, BCCI has a plan in place — play him in first-class or Ranji Trophy matches and then get him back for future Test tours of India.

“He has to first play three-four First-Class games. He hasn’t played the longer format for over three years. There’s a chance of him breaking down if he suddenly resumes playing Test cricket,” the official said.

India tour of Sri Lanka: As per reports, it’s likely that a call on Bhuvneshwar will be taken before the tour of South Africa in December.

Team India in England dearly missed Kumar’s swing bowling services during the World Test Championship Final in Southampton where India lost by eight wickets.

India tour of Sri Lanka: Bhuvneshwar Kumar in Sri Lanka for limited over series

The right arm swing bowler is rendering services in Sri Lanka as the vice-captain for India in the limited over series against Sri Lanka. While Kumar was rested for the third and the final ODI, he played in the first two matches. In the two innings, he bowled 19 overs, bagged 3 wickets and returned with an economy of 6.15.

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