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India vs West Indies | Bhuvneshwar Back to Bowling, Unlikely to Return for West Indies Clash

Cricketnext Staff |June 25, 2019, 6:14 PM IST
India vs West Indies | Bhuvneshwar Back to Bowling, Unlikely to Return for West Indies Clash

After a few bright days, Manchester was back to a familiar atmosphere as rain came down heavily through Tuesday (June 25). It washed out India's scheduled practice session at the Old Trafford ground, forcing a few members to take to the indoor nets to have a hit.

But in good news for India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to bowling after injuring his hamstring in the match against Pakistan in the same venue on June 16. Bhuvneshwar missed the following game against Afghanistan in Southampton.

Bhuvneshwar, Virat Kohli, Vijay Shankar and Ravindra Jadeja were the only four players to attend the optional session. The support staff easily outnumbered the players - the coaching staff of Ravi Shastri, Bharath Arun, Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar, the two throwdown specialists, three selectors, the managar, physio and masseur were all present.

Kohli, Vijay and Jadeja had a hit with the bat, alternating between throwdowns and bowling machines. Vijay, in particular, had long chats with batting coach Bangar and head coach Shastri.

Bhuvneshwar returning to bowling is a positive step towards full recovery, but it's unlikely that he will play against West Indies on Thursday. With Mohammed Shami stepping in and picking up a four-wicket haul, including a hat-trick, against Afghanistan, India are unlikely to change their combination.

Rain forced groundsmen to keep the pitch and square undercover through the day. The forecast is expected to improve over the next two days, with bright sunshine expected on the game-day.

India, who have four wins from five matches with one game washed out, are scheduled to practise from 2pm local time on Wednesday.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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