Why is Bhuvneshwar Kumar not playing today’s 2nd T20I between India and Australia in Nagpur?

Dixit Bhargav
|Published 23/09/2022

Why is Bhuvneshwar Kumar not playing today: India have made a couple of changes for an eight-over contest tonight.

During the second T20I of the ongoing Australia’s tour of India in Nagpur, India captain Rohit Sharma has won the toss and chose to field in a curtailed eight-over contest.

“We’re going to field first. There are so many people who have come to watch us. It is nice to get a game. These games [curtailed] are challenging ones because you don’t know what to do. You just have to go out and express yourself. Hopefully, we can put up a good show,” Sharma told Star Sports at the toss.

Much like his Indian counterpart, Australia captain Aaron Finch would’ve also elected to bowl first had he won the toss. The nature of shortened matches is such that teams prefer to chase than setting a target.

“We would have bowled first as well. Chasing in a small gave would have been good. We’re happy with the way we played and the execution,” Finch told Star Sports at the toss.

Why is Bhuvneshwar Kumar not playing today vs Australia?

Sharma confirmed a couple of changes for the hosts stating that wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah have been included for fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav.

“Since it is an eight-over game, we had to make two changes. [Jasprit] Bumrah comes in for Umesh Yadav. Bhuvi [Bhuvneshwar Kumar] misses out, too, and [Rishabh] Pant comes in,” Sharma mentioned.

A primary reason why India have played an extra batter in place of Kumar is that each bowler can bowl a maximum of two overs in such matches according to a recent rule change by the ICC (International Cricket Council). Needing only four bowlers in an eight-over match, India have rightly bolstered their batting strength.

As per the old rules, only three bowlers would’ve been allowed to bowl a maximum of three overs. The remaining two overs would’ve been bowled by two different bowlers.

Although Kumar hasn’t been in the best of forms especially when it comes to bowling in the death overs lately, he would’ve still played this match in the general run of things.

Another similarity between the two teams is that the visitors have also made a couple of changes to their Playing XI. Batter Josh Philippe and fast bowler Nathan Ellis (injured) have made way for all-rounder Daniel Sams and pacer Sean Abbott.

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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