Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar was not selected for the five-match Test series against the hosts and the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand in England. This is one of the biggest and most shocking decisions. It was later revealed that he had not been selected for the England tour as he was unsure of his fitness in the long form of cricket. But now media reports say that Bhubaneswar was not chosen because he did not want to play in the biggest form of cricket.
According to the Times of India report, “Bhubaneswar now wants to shift his focus from Test cricket to limited over cricket.” As everyone who knows him intimately knows, his work drill has changed a lot nowadays. In addition, heavy weight training, the comfort zone of white ball cricket and the long spell of Test cricket are the main reasons for this decision.
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Speaking of his Test cricket career, he has not played a first-class match since January 2018. He last played a Test match against South Africa in Johannesburg in January 2018. Bhuvneshwar was then selected for the limited-overs format, but was not considered suitable for Test matches. In the last leg of the IPL, Bhubaneswar was injured against Chennai Super Kings, so he could not tour Australia.
Bhuvneshwar made his Test debut for India in 2013. He has played just 21 Tests since then. He has taken 63 wickets in 21 Tests at 26.09. It is almost certain that he will be selected for a tour of Sri Lanka India. India will play three ODIs and three T20s in Sri Lanka. He can also command Team India in this series.
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