World Cup 2019: Bhuvneshwar ruled out of next 2-3 games due to hamstring niggle: Virat Kohli

Updated: Jun 23, 2019, 21:16 IST | mid-day online desk

Indian team captain Virat Kohli has said that Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out for India's next 2-3 games due to a hamstring niggle

World Cup 2019: Bhuvneshwar ruled out of next 2-3 games due to hamstring niggle: Virat Kohli
Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Indian speedster Bhuvneshwar Kumar has suffered an injury and is expected to be out for the next 2-3 Indian games in the World Cup 2019. The pacer pulled his left hamstring in the matcvh against rivals Pakistan and hobbled off the ground mid-over in discomfort.

The paceman walked off the field without completing his third over and India skipper Virat Kohli confirmed that he will be replaced by Mohammed Shami in the following games.

"Slight niggle for Bhuvi, he slipped on one of the footmarks. He's out for two, maybe three games, but he should come back for us at some stage during this tournament. He is very important for us," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony after India thumped Pakistan by 89 runs here on Sunday.

Kohli added that "Shami was raring to go". India's next three games are against Afghanistan (June 22), West Indies (June 27) and England (June 30).

It is another big jolt for India after opener Shikhar Dhawan suffered a thumb injury while batting against Australia, ruling him out for at least a couple of weeks.

The India captain was effusive in his praise for team's top-order batsmen, especially Rohit Sharma, who struck his second hundred of the tournament

"Rohit's knock was outstanding again. KL helped Rohit, who showed why he's such a good ODI player again today. It was a team effort to get to 336."

Kohli was also relieved that Kuldeep Yadav was back in form. "Kuldeep Yadav was brilliant. Babar and Fakhar were trying to play him out, but I wanted him to have a longer spell. The ball to dismiss Babar was an outstanding delivery. I think today was the best he bowled at this World Cup."

Asked that India-Pakistan games have not lived up to the hype of late, Kohli said: "I think they outplayed us in the Champions Trophy final (in 2017) but if you focus on this game as too emotional, things can go wrong. We never approach them from that perspective. We are professional about it and the result is what matters."

India play their next match against minnows Afghanistan and are expected to bag a comfortable win on June 22, in the World Cup 2019.

With inputs from PTI

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