Sunrisers Hyderabad’s senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out of the ongoing IPL due to a thigh muscle injury which could also end his hopes of being a part of the Indian team’s tour of Australia later this year.
Bhuvi was injured in the 19th over last Friday against Chennai Super Kings. He was also examined by the physio during the match, but after that, he was forced to leave the field, in his absence Khalil Ahmed completed the over. Bhuvi was seen in colour this season, he bowled extremely well with an economy rate of less than 7 in four games with three wickets.
“Bhuvneshwar Kumar is out of IPL with a thigh muscle injury. It is probably a grade 2 or 3 injury, which could mean that he would be out for at least 6 to 8 weeks. It might effectively rule him out of India’s tour of Australia,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
His injury will be a major blow to SunRisers Hyderabad as they struggle for quality death bowlers on their side.
Bhuvi had been suffering from the injury for some time, underwent sports hernia treatment against West Indies last year. For the past year, he has been mostly out, due to side strain and hamstring injuries and only recently, made a comeback during the IPL.
With this current injury of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, it is being speculated that he would not be a part of the Indian team’s tour of Australia later this year.
Team India has to play four Test matches during the tour of Australia at year-end.