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ICC World Cup 2019: Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s injury forces India to bring in Navdeep Saini

By Parul Raina

Navdeep Saini to join Team India

Team India to call Navdeep Saini to provide practice to this Indian batsmen as Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s injury is not yet recovered fully.

Saini arrived in Manchester on Monday ahead of India’s World Cup 2019 clash against West Indies. The right-arm fast bowler is currently the only net bowler with the Indian team. Saini, played for Royal Challengers Banglore, will help batsmen train for the upcoming match.

No net bowlers left with Team India

Bowlers Deepak Chahar and Avesh Khan came back to India in the first week of June, whereas Khaleel Ahmed was with the team,and now when Khaleel is also leaving, the Indian team has no net bowlers left with them. Khaleel travelled back to feature in the series against West Indies A.

26-year-old Navdeep can probably lead to him being the substitution for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who suffered pain in his left hamstring and was forced to walk off the field during the match against Pakistan and later on missed the match against Afghanistan.

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No confirmation as yet from the BCCI

There is no confirmation as yet from the BCCI, if Bhuvneshwar does not come for the nets session tomorrow or if there is an issue with his recovery then the management may take a call. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami are the two closure options for India Team.

India sit at the third place in the World Cup standings with nine points they got from 5 matches. The side is victorious in the tournament so far. They have won four games with one getting blanched.

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Parul Raina