Bhuvneshwar Kumar Replacement For Nagpur Test
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India will be without Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the second Test against Sri Lanka, commencing on Nov 21 in Nagpur. The two spearheads, one with bat and the other with ball, requisitioned for leave citing some personal reasons. While Dhawan will remain available for selection for the 3rd Test, Bhuvneshwar will miss the remainder of the series following his marriage on Nov 23rd.
No other pacer seems to fill the void of the swing master Bhuvneshwar given the form he is undergoing and the way he is bowling at present. However, in a bid to find Bhuvneshwar Kumar's replacement for Nagpur Test, the BCCI selection committee has called the Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar in the Test squad. The 26-year-old Shankar made his way to the national Test squad at the back of his stunning 72-run knock against South Africa A. His contribution with bat helped his team clinch the tri-series. Also, recently he batted well in a couple of one-day games against NZ A.
The uncapped all-rounder made his presence feel in the Ranji Trophy wherein he scored a century for Tamil Nadu against Odisha and picked 4 wickets against Mumbai in another game. Vijay Shankar in the Test squad, if becomes a part of the playing XI, might be seen batting in the middle-order and also contributing with ball as and when required.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was honored with man-of-the-match award in the drawn 1st Test against Sri Lanka at Eden Garden for his 8 wickets. Dhawan, on the other hand, scored a brisk 94 in the second innings helping India go past the 122-run lead. Murali Vijay, who was seen bracing India's bench strength in the first Test, comes in as the first choice to replace Shikhar Dhawan in the opening slot. Ishant Sharma is likely to be picked as Bhuvneshwar Kumar's replacement for Nagpur Test.
The revised Indian squad for the second Test is as: KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Vijay Shankar.
Who is likely to replace Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar in Nagpur Test?