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After Ishant, will injury rule Bhuvi too out of fourth Test?

August 02, 2014 09:39 IST

After Ishant, will injury rule Bhuvi too out of fourth Test?

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Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar's swollen ankle has the Indian team management worried ahead of the fourth Test against England, starting at Old Trafford on August 7.

With Ishant Sharma already out of the match due to an ankle injury, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher must surely be concerned about the injury to India's most consistent bowler on the ongoing tour.

Bhuvneshwar and Ishant did not participate in a football session the team went through after India lost the third Test in the first session of the fifth day.

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Image: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Photographs: BCCI

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The Uttar Pradesh seamer, who has taken 15 wickets apart from scoring 228 runs in the series, has thus far bowled 124.5 overs (only second to

left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja's 142.3 overs) may have been a bit "tired", according to skipper Dhoni.

"I think, Bhuvi seemed to be a bit tired," Dhoni said at the post-match conference on Thursday.

"But he came back nicely after that first spell. But I thought he was slightly on the shorter side. He got the right length in the first two Tests, but here he was slightly short.

"Apart from that I am quite happy with the effort put in by fast bowlers," he added.

With five days to go before the start of the Test, Dhoni will be praying that his premier seamer gets fit in time for the crucial encounter.

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Image: Bhuvneshwar Kumar in action during Day 2 of the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge
Photographs: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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