Kumar will not be available for the next two Test matches against Sri Lanka – but Dhawan will be back in the squad after the Nagpur Test.
After key all-rounder Hardik Pandya got himself rested for the India-Sri Lanka Test series, now pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan too opted out of the second Test. And while both players cited personal reasons for their absence from the Nagpur Test, speculations ran rife that Bhuvneshwar Kumar is set to get married during these days.
However, in a recent video shared on Instagram, Dhawan cleared the air as he was seen teasing the Indian pacer about his upcoming marriage. Furthermore, Kumar even announced the date of his marriage – while trying to fend off Dhawan’s mocking bouncers.
Reportedly, Bhuvneshwar got engaged with Nupur Nagar on October 4 in a ceremony held at Greater Noida.
Earlier, a media release by the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has stated that Kumar will not be available for the next two Test matches against Sri Lanka – but Dhawan will be back in the squad after the Nagpur Test.
“The BCCI would like to inform that Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan have been released from India’s Test team. The duo made a request to the selectors and the team management to release them owing to personal reasons,” mentioned BCCI.
With a spectacular display of fast bowling Bhuvneshwar Kumar was awarded the Man of the Match in the first Test match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The ace pacer took four wickets in each innings – and also made it almost impossible for Sri Lanka to at least draw the match on the final day.
Lauding the 27-year-old’s performance, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said at the post-match ceremony, “Bhuvneshwar has picked up pace. Bowls heavier balls than before and hits the right areas. He’s grabbing his chances and is a massive contender to start every Test match for India. He’ll do us good in overseas conditions, and not just in home conditions. He’s going to be an important part of our plan going forward in all formats.”