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ICC World Cup: Bhuvneshwar Kumar still not 100 per cent fit

Bhuvneshwar Kumar looks far from convincing in yesterday's practice session as doubts over his fitness loom large ahead of SA clash

Melbourne: The doubts over Bhuvneshwar Kumar's fitness continue to be a concern for the Indian cricket team ahead of its second World Cup pool game against South Africa as the seamer looked far from convincing during a net session here yesterday.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 

Bhuvneshwar, who had suffered an ankle injury before the start of the Test series against Australia and only played the last Test in Sydney where he bowled way below his best, looked out of sorts and unfit at the Junction Oval ground of St Kilda Cricket Club here.

No problems in facing Bhuvi
While the likes of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma hit their strides quickly, Bhuvneshwar cut a lonely figure standing at one end of the ground. Even when he came on to bowl, he could not trouble either Mahendra Singh Dhoni or Ambati Rayudu, who faced most of his deliveries.

Bhuvneshwar first went to the corner nets batted for quite a while. He then took throwdowns. After spending around 25 minutes at the nets, he did bowl at those nets with a short run-up.

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