Sunrisers Hyderabad, though, registered a memorable win against Chennai Super Kings, they suffered a huge blow when their premier swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up an injury last night.
Steaming in to bowl in the penultimate over of the game, Bhuvneshwar Kumar almost tripped over before delivering his second ball. The 30-year old pulled out of run up and stretched his leg before walking back to his bowling mark. But before he could deliver the ball, he but pulled out again after feeling uncomfortable. This time team physio Evan Speechly attended to him and strapped his leg but it was to no avail as Bhuvneshwar pulled out for a third time before walking off the field.
With CSK still required 43 off 11 balls, SRH summoned Khaleel Ahmed to complete the remaining over. But Khaleel bowling the remaining over also meant, either of Abhishek Sharma or Abdul Samad has to defended 28 in the final over. David Warner opted for Abdul Samad and the youngster, playing only his second match, gave only 20 runs as SRH registered a 7-run win over CSK.
Coming to the injury, though no official statement has been made by the team management over Bhuvneshwar, SRH would not want to lose their premier bowler in such a meek way. Bhuvneshwar has a long history of injuries in past two and half years. He has been in and out of teams due to recurring injuries.
In 2018, he suffered a back injury and spent a considerable amount of at National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. After returning to the fold, he again suffered a hamstring injury in a match against Pakistan in ICC World Cup 2019.
In December last year, the 30-year-old was also diagnosed with a sports hernia following which he underwent an operation in January this year. Having already lost Mitchell Marsh in almost similar way, SRH will hope that there is not much serious with Bhuvneshwar.