Bhuvneshwar Kumar is gearing up for the 3rd ODI and deciding ODI against England after being on the sidelines for the first two games due to a stiff back.
Reports suggest that Bhuvi is being protected for the Test series, wherein he would be one of India’s first choice seamers.
The plan was to rest Bhuvi all through the ODI series, but a humiliating loss at Lord’s means that India’s spearhead is being rushed back into the limited overs setup to help India get over the line against the mighty English.
Indian batting coach, Sanjay Bangar revealed in the press conference last night that Bhuvi is back to bowling in the nets and is in contention for a place in the XI for today’s game, provided he passes the fitness test.
“He’s a quality bowler. We’ve obviously been missing our two frontline bowlers in the ODI format. Also provides us an opportunity, because there are not too many games to go before the World Cup – only 16 or 17 games. It gives us an ideal situation to test the bench strength.”
“Also with the upcoming Test series, we never wanted to take any chances with Bhuvi. He’s very critical to the team plans. He’s in with a chance to play. He’ll have to go through some sort of a fitness test before we can confirm his availability for the next game,” Bangar said, speaking about Bhuvi’s availability.
BCCI too came up with a video to show Bhuvi gearing up for the 3rd ODI in the nets, but fans found something weird about his delivery stride, as he bowled a massive no-ball during that 3 second clip.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 16, 2018
Its no ball
— Ashutosh_shukla (@ashu12036) July 16, 2018
— Aditya Acharya (@aadiacharya) July 16, 2018
And that’s a huge no ball!! 😆
— Vinnie (@VinayNagaraju1) July 16, 2018
It’s no ball.
— ♈ℹ💲🈂🎵⛎ (@vrnairdxb) July 16, 2018
Overstepping by our players is common these days which needs to be changed as already we lost CT
— vamshi (@vammi123) July 16, 2018