India has selected a 20 member squad from the World Test Championship Final against New Zealand and the five-match series in Test matches against England. The WTC Final is played at Ageas Bowl in Southampton, while the Test series starts against England starts on 4th August at Trent Bridge, and it ends at Manchester on 14th September 2021.
Along with Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, and Prithvi Shaw, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a notable name that has been absent from the 20 man squad to England.
Shaw’s form in the red ball cricket has not been good, Hardik Pandya is not 100 percent fit, while Kuldeep Yadav’s form didn’t allow the selectors to pick him for the six test matches in England.
But the fans of Bhuvi were shocked when they didn’t see their star on the tour of England. Bhuvneshwar Kumar made a good comeback into the International arena in March in the limited over series against England at home. Kumar was out of the squad for one year because of the extended injuries and niggles.
Bhuvi had a good One Day International series and five T20I matches against England. He picked up crucial wickets, and he was successful in keeping the batsmen in check.
Bhuvi played his last Test match on the tour of England in 2014. He picked up 19 wickets in just seven innings. He also batted well with Ajinkya Rahane at Lords, which allowed India to win the Test match at Lord’s for just the second time.
But Kumar had a bad IPL season. He struggled to pick up wickets at regular intervals, and that’s why Sunrisers Hyderabad also struggled to give a winning performance in the IPL 2021 season. SRH was at the bottom of the table because their lead pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar wasn’t firing.
Bhuvi was also injured in the few games of the IPL 2021 season. He made a comeback into the tournament. But the selectors ignored the experienced bowler like Bhuvi, and they didn’t pick him for the whole England tour.
His exclusion has shocked the Twitterati. Many quoted that a bowler like Bhuvi could have proved handy for India in the England conditions, and many of Bhuvi’s fans are also unhappy and sad.