Sunrisers Hyderabad senior fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar crashed out of the ongoing IPL due to a thigh muscle injury on Monday, which could also end his hopes of the Indian team becoming part of the tour of Australia later this year. Bhuvneshwar sustained an injury during his October 2 innings in the 19th over of the Chennai Super Kings innings and was ruled out of the ground after just one ball.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is out of the IPL due to a thigh muscle injury. This is likely a grade 2 or 3 injury, which may mean he will be out for at least 6 to 8 weeks. This could effectively exclude him from a tour of Australia to India on condition of anonymity by a senior BCCI official.
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Bhuvneshwar was in good form during this year’s IPL with an economy rate of less than 7 in four matches with three wickets. His injury will be a major setback for SRH captain David Warner as he struggles for quality bowlers in his side who are short of experience.
In the case of Bhubaneswar, he can stay back in the UAE as the Indian team also has physio Nitin Patel as part of the BCCI’s medical team.
Being the centrally contracted player, the rehabilitation of Bhubaneswar will be completely monitored by the BCCI.
However, Bhubaneswar has been out most of the time for the past year, due to side strain and hamstring injuries and most recently, made a comeback during the IPL. He missed the tour of New Zealand earlier this year.
With this current injury, his readiness to return to competitive cricket after breaking every three months during the past year could raise eyebrows about the injury management process.
India has to play four Test matches during their tour of Australia at the end of the year.
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