The Hush Post|06:00pm| 2-min-read
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s hamstring injury prompted the Indian team management to summon ‘A’ team regular Navdeep Saini as net bowler for the remaining part of the ICC World Cup 2019.
Saini was a part of the original stand-by list. Saini is one of India’s fastest bowlers and will be expected to give good practice to the top-order.
“Navdeep Saini has arrived in Manchester and he will train with the Indian team. He is the only net bowler here,” the BCCI media cell wrote on its official whatsApp group.
As of now Bhuvneshwar is out for 2-3 games due to reported stiffness in his left hamstring.
Khaleel Ahmed was India’s designated net bowler till Nottingham and then went back as he will be playing the series against West Indies ‘A’, starting next month.
Since the bowlers in the main squad don’t bowl at the nets everyday and at times a few deliveries to just get the feel, batsmen need quality net practice.
The ‘A’ team bowlers normally travel with the senior side if there’s no assignment.
Saini was supposed to travel with Deepak Chahar and Khaleel during the first half but couldn’t come due to an injury sustained during IPL.
More about Navdeep Saini
The 26-yr-old boy from Karnal in Haryana, Navdeep Saini made his Twenty20 debut on 2 January, 2016.
In February 2017, he was bought by the Delhi Daredevils IPL team for Rs 10 lakh.
In January 2018, he was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2018 IPL auction for Rs 3 crore. In IPL 2019, he continued playing for RCB.
In international cricket, he was added to India’s Test squad in June 2018, for their one-off match against Afghanistan as a replacement for Mohammed Shami, but he did not play.
In April 2019, he was named as a standby bowler for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.