India and Sunrisers Hyderabad’s fast bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out of IPL 2020 following a thigh injury. It may be a grade two or three injury, leaving Kumar out for six to eight weeks. This could also put him in doubt for the Australia tour later this year.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s loss is a big blow to the side as he is their attack leader and an integral part of the Sunrisers leadership group. Bhuvneshwar has been in decent form this season, with an economy less than seven and three wickets in four games.
His injury will be a massive blow to skipper David Warner as he struggles in the death overs without quality or experienced bowlers. He is well known for his ability to swing the ball up front and also his accuracy in the end overs of the game.
He suffered the injury while bowling the 19th over against the Chennai Super Kings. He tried to bowl but was made to stop in his run up twice after facing discomfort. It was then decided that he could not bowl and had to be taken off the field.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar played a starring role in IPL 2016, winning the purple cap with 23 wickets while winning another purple cap the following year with 26 wickets.
While Sandeep Sharma took his place against the Mumbai Indians, there are numerous other options available. Basil Thampi and overseas players, Jason Holder and Billy Stanlake, are few different options. Allrounder Vijay Shankar also remains an option as a player who can both bat and bowl well.
The presence of T Natarajan, who has bowled some amazing Yorkers, and Khaleel Ahmed also help Sunrisers while they look for the right composition of bowlers.
While most of the options don’t have the kind of experience that Kumar has, they may still be capable of filling the gap created.
This is the Sunrisers second injury blow. They lost allrounder Mitchell Marsh after game two, who was then replaced by Jason Holder. It will be interesting to see who replaces Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the kind of experience and variety he brings in was worth gold.
He has a total of 136 IPL wickets, and was part of the Sunrisers since 2014 along with David Warner.
Before the IPL he was last seen for India in December 2019 during a twenty over game against West Indies.
Along with his success as a bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar is also a handy lower order batsman.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s loss is the second big loss of the day, with Amit Mishra also being ruled out of the IPL. This leaves the IPL short by two more experienced players.