Adelaide: Dhawal Kulkarni may not have made it to the 15-member India squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup, which begins on February 14, but the right arm medium-pacer from Mumbai has been asked to stay back in Australia with the Indian team as a cover for swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
It is learnt that Bhuvi did not land properly while bowling a delivery in India's recent warm-up match against Australia. Ever since that delivery, Bhuvi was seen in some discomfort which resulted in him bowling slower than his average pace of 120-125 kmph. In fact, even medium pacer Stuart Binny bowled faster than him at times.
In light of the niggle to Bhuvi, the team management asked Dhawal to stay back in Australia because if Bhuvi breaks down, a replacement coming from India will only arrive in two or three days' time.
While ICC rules do not allow players other than the 15 members of the squad to enter the dressing room, Dhawal will be in the BCCI box during the World Cup matches. However, he will stay with the team.
The Indian team's former logistics manager MA Satish will join the team in the same position soon.
Satish has not been with the team ever since Supreme Court issued a directive to not involve India Cements employees in BCCI activities. This forced him to return to India from Bangladesh in the midst of the World T20 tournament.
It is not learnt that Satish, a former Kerala player, has resigned from his India Cements post in order to work with MS Dhoni & Co. The BCCI, in turn, has hired him back as they believe his presence was needed to ensure comfort for the players here.