ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out for at least two games, says Virat Kohli

Indian Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was on Sunday ruled out of the World Cup for at least the next two games after developing a niggle in his left hamstring

Press Trust of India, Jun 17, 2019 20:42:12 IST

Manchester: Indian seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was on Sunday ruled out of the World Cup for at least the next two games after developing a niggle in his left hamstring during the clash against Pakistan.

The paceman walked off the field without completing his third over. 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.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out for at least two games, says Virat Kohli

Bhuvneshwar Kumar walks off after getting injured in India's World Cup encounter against Pakistan. Reuters

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

It is another big jolt for India as opener Shikhar Dhawan has already been ruled out of a few games due to a thumb injury, sustained during the match against Australia.

The Indian captain was effusive in his praise for the 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."

When asked why India-Pakistan games have not lived up to the hype of late, Kohli said they do not fall in the trap of playing to hype. "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."

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Updated Date: Jun 17, 2019 20:42:12 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254