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Bhuvneshwar returns to action, fit for Asia Cup return

Bhuvneshwar had figures of 9-1-33-3 against South Africa A in a placings match of the Quadrangular series, which India A won by 124 runs

Bengaluru: India’s pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar has made an impressive comeback in competitive cricket with a three-wicket haul for India A, giving a clear indication that he will be available for selection during the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates from 15 September.

Bhuvneshwar had figures of 9-1-33-3 against South Africa A in a placings match of the Quadrangular series, which India A won by 124 runs.

He removed Theunis de Bruyne with an outswinger while Khaya Zondo got an inswinger. He bowled within himself and looked in little discomfort during the two spells that he bowled.

Bhuvneshwar couldn’t get fit in time for the final two Tests against England after being left out due to a back injury during the first three matches.

Having fully recovered, he had started bowling at the nets and it was learnt that national selection committee decided to make him play the inconsequential 3rd-4th place play-off to check his fitness.

After aggravating his lower-back injury during the third One-Day International against England, Bhuvneshwar was ruled out for the remainder of the English tour. He then returned to India and was sent to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for rehabilitation. It was earlier expected that it will take him close to four weeks to get fit, but it didn’t happen.

Bhuvneshwar’s back has been his Achilles heel for a while now. He had missed the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka and one-off Test against Afghanistan early this year as well owing to the same problem.

Following India A’s loss in their must-win group-stage encounter against South Africa, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) added Bhuvneshwar to the squad. The move paid dividends as India’s all-format paceman proved his fitness by bowling an impressive six-over opening spell – that included two wickets. With a massive season coming up, Bhuvneshwar regaining full fitness comes as excellent news for the national side.

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