SL vs Ind 2021 - Bhuvneshwar Kumar

SL vs Ind 2021 – Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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India fast bowler “just working normally, trying to prepare in a way that I’m ready for all formats”

Bhuvneshwar Kumar isn’t ready to prioritise one format over another just yet.

While Virat Kohli has often underlined the importance of a fit Kumar to India across formats, his exclusion from the England tour led to question marks over his red-ball future. On Friday, Kumar, vice-captain of India’s limited-overs team in Sri Lanka, put those doubts to rest.

“To be honest, I’m not prioritising white-ball over red-ball,” he said. “If I am selected for red-ball cricket, I’ll definitely contribute. I’m not looking to prioritise one of the two. I’m just working normally, trying to prepare in a way that I’m ready for all formats. If I get a chance, I’d like to do well. I’m not looking ahead to what will happen in 18-20 months.”

Kumar’s most-recent Test outing was over three years ago in Johannesburg. Since then, he has been troubled by a series of injuries. One to his lower back led to his missing the England tour in 2018. At the World Cup the following year, he tore his left hamstring. Then he underwent surgery for a sports hernia. In September 2020, a thigh problem forced him to pull out of the IPL.

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