Manchester: Fast Bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out of India’s at least next two World Cup games after picking up a hamstring niggle during the clash against arch-rival Pakistan here on Sunday.
The paceman walked off the field without completing his third over in the innings. Consequently, India skipper Virat Kohli called Vijay Shankar to complete that over. However, it became as blessings in disguise for Shankar as he got a wicket with his very first World Cup delivery.
Meanwhile, Captain Kohli has confirmed Kumar will be replaced by Mohammed Shami in the following games.
India’s next three games are against Afghanistan on 22nd June, West Indies on June 27 and England on June 30.
It is the second big jolt for India as opener Shikhar Dhawan has already been ruled out of a few games due to a thumb injury which he sustained during the match against Australia.