India continued their unbeaten run in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with an 11-run win over Afghanistan in an edge-of-the-seat thriller. By the virtue of this win, India have now moved up to the third spot in the points table with four wins and nine points in five matches. The Men In Blue will now be up against West Indies at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday.
However, ahead of their clash against the Caribbeans, a semi-fit Bhuvneshwar Kumar was seen bowling in the nets during Team India's indoor practice session. Since Bhuvi is bowling in the nets, it's likely that his recovery is going good and he could be available for selection for the next match.
In that case, the race between Shami & Bhuvi will hot up for sharing the new ball with the top-ranked ODI bowler Jasprit Bumrah. It now remains to be seen who is going to feature in India's Playing XI against West Indies or will both pacers get lucky?
While Bhuvi bowling in the nets will be good news for all the Indian cricket fans out there, the question is why and how the desperate & semi-fit speedster will push himself to the limits to get back into the side, sensing Shami, with his hattrick, has well & truly replaced him on merit?
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was forced to go off the field in the fourth over of the Pakistan innings and he also could not take any further part in the contest. Kumar had landed awkwardly while bowling the fifth delivery of the fourth over to Imam-ul-Haq. Meanwhile, Bhuvi's absence gave Mohammed Shami an opportunity to showcase his potential and he made the most of it against Afghanistan with figures of 4/40 in his 9.5 overs on Saturday.
The speedster castled opener Hazratullah Zazai in his first spell where he conceded just 8 runs in 4 overs. Shami also returned for a fine spell in the death overs when Mohammad Nabi threatened to win it for the Afghans. Not just did the pacer dismiss the dangerous all-rounder, he also clean bowled the next two tail-enders on the following deliveries to complete a famous hat-trick. He also became only the 10th bowler to bag a hat-trick in World Cups, and only the second Indian, 32 years after Chetan Sharma’s feat against New Zealand in the 1987 edition.