Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has called for the inclusion of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in India’s squad for the five-match Test series against England. While Mohammed Shami bowled with a lot of fire, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah lacked venom which cost India the World Test Championship. Hussain feels a swing bowler of the calibre of Bhuvneshwar Kumar will help India go a long way in the series. Bhuvneshwar was not picked for the England series but was selected for the limited-overs tour to Sri Lanka.
“Bhuvneshwar should be called up for the England series. Though he has injury concerns, even if he can play two or three Tests for India, the team will greatly benefit. The conditions will suit him and we all saw how the team is missing a genuine swing bowler,” Hussain said on air during Day 3 of the WTC final at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has a decent record in Tests in England, having accounted for 19 wickets at an average of 26.63 with two five-wicket hauls in five Tests. However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar flying to England, unless there is an injury concern, looks highly unlikely. Bhuvneshwar hasn’t played a lot of first-class cricket of late, with his last Test dating back to January 2018.
Meanwhile, playing the Sri Lanka series and flying to England with all the quarantine restrictions in place is just too much to ask. While Hussain does have a valid point, with Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj available in the squad, BCCI won’t be keen to send Bhuvneshwar Kumar to England.
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