Bhuvneshwar Kumar Trains With Indian Test Squad To Test Fitness

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Recovering from a hamstring injury and a side strain, Bhuvneshwar Kumar assessed himself for a return when he participated in a "skill session" during practice

Written By Press Trust Of India | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Recovering from a hamstring injury and a side strain, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar assessed himself for a comeback when he participated in a "skill session" during the Indian team's practice ahead of the series-opener against Bangladesh. The Indian team management seems to have taken charge of Bhuvneshwar Kumar's final phase of rehabilitation. Bhuvneshwar Kumar's injury has been a concern for the Indian team since he came back from the West Indies after the limited-overs series. He followed a rehabilitation programme at the National Cricket Academy.

"Bhuvi is here for a skill session with the team. The team management just wants him to get into the groove," a team source told PTI when enquired about the pacer's presence at the net session.

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He had a catching session with fielding coach R Sridhar and then participated briefly in the net session. He bowled a few deliveries from full run-up but it was evident that he wasn't going full tilt. However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar's presence at the session is welcome news considering that the 29-year-old is still an important member as far as India's white-ball cricket is concerned. With Khaleel Ahmed a work in progress and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah's workload a priority for the team management, a fit-again Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a necessity in this set-up with his experience and variations in the shortest format.

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While the team management remained tight-lipped, Bhuvneshwar's presence also indicated that physio Nitin Patel and trainer Nick Webb might have a bigger role to play in the near future as far as his return to full fitness is concerned. Over the years, the National Cricket Academy (NCA) has attracted a lot of negative publicity for its transformation from a 'center of excellence' to a "rehab centre for the injured" according to insiders in the BCCI. Physio Ashish Kaushik's performance has already been under the scanner. There have been reports that many reputed players are not ready to take the NCA route for rehabilitation.

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