India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been in the news on Saturday after reports surfaced that he doesn’t want to play the Tests. Rather certain reports also claimed that the Meerut pacer isn’t interested in lasting even 10 overs and this was the reason he wasn’t picked for the England Tests. However, the man himself has come out and refuted all the reports stating that he is always available for India to play across all formats.
The 31-year-old’s career has been in doldrums over the last couple of years due to different kind of injuries. He recently made a comeback to the India squad for the T20I and ODI series against England after sustaining an injury during the last IPL season. He didn’t play a couple of matches in IPL 2021 due to thigh strain.
Moreover, Bhuvneshwar Kumar last played a Test for India back in January 2018 on South Africa tour. Since then, he has been away from the longest format mostly due to injury concerns. And now India has also built a brilliant pace attack and the pace bowler might not be the first choice bowler any more.
Having said that, Bhuvi has stressed that he has always prepared keeping in mind all three formats of the game while refuting the allegations of him not willing to play Test cricket.
“[Bhuvneshwar Kumar is] focusing on the next T20 opportunities coming up…Bhuvneshwar just doesn’t want to play Test cricket anymore. That drive has gone missing. To be honest, the selectors don’t even see Bhuvi hungry for 10 overs, forget Test cricket. It’s Team India’s loss no doubt because if one bowler should have made it to England, it should have been him,” the source had earlier said according to Times of India.
Responding to these statements, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took to Twitter and slammed the ‘sources’. “There have been articles about me not wanting to play Test cricket. Just to clarify, I have always prepared myself for all three formats irrespective of the team selection and will continue to do the same. Suggestion – please don’t write your assumptions based on “sources”!” the cricketer wrote in his tweet.
There have been articles about me not wanting to play Test cricket. Just to clarify, I have always prepared myself for all three formats irrespective of the team selection and will continue to do the same.
Suggestion – please don’t write your assumptions based on “sources”!
— Bhuvneshwar Kumar (@BhuviOfficial) May 15, 2021