India vs Pakistan: Hamstring injury rules Bhuvneshwar Kumar out of match

Bhuvneshwar Kumar will not bowl any further in the match against Pakistan at Old Trafford, Manchester, after picking up a left hamstring injury. He had bowled four balls in his third over when he felt a discomfort in his left hamstring and walked off.


Vijay Shankar was given the ball to complete the over and he trapped Imam-ul-Haq with his very ball first ball of the World Cup, rapping the left-hand batsman with a fuller-length delivery on leg-stump.

Team physio Patrick Farhart appeared to reveal the extent of the injury to Ravi Shastri and batting coach Sanjay Bangar after assessing the India seamer. The message was then delivered to captain Virat Kohli via Mohammed Shami.

Bhuvneshwar has partnered Jasprit Bumrah in India’s opening three matches, ahead of Shami, who was expected to be an automatic pick in the XI after his exploits on the tours of Australia and New Zealand in the home series against Australia in February-March.

The UP seamer took five in the first two matches against South Africa and Australia, against whom he helped India wrest control by removing Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis in one over.

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