WATCH: Bhuvneshwar Kumar resumes training; lifts weights at the gym

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was ruled out of the first three Tests in England.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar trains at the gym | Screengrab

India is currently 0-2 down in the five-match Test series, and has multiple issues to sort out if they want to stay alive in the series at Trent Bridge and not suffer another hammering, similar to the innings defeat at Lord's.

India's batting is currently in it's worst shape in recent times with all the batsmen struggling other than skipper, Virat Kohli who has been scoring runs consistently despite very little support. The bowlers have been doing far better which is a positive for the Indian team.

Another problem faced by India in England has been the fitness of it's key players. Wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha is out for an extended period of time with a shoulder injury for which he was operated upon recently.

Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the limited overs leg of the tour even before it began, and has missed the first two Tests as well. He has now regained his fitness and seems set to play at Trent Bridge.

Virat Kohli himself is battling a back injury which he suffered on Day 3 at Lord's and is in some doubt for the Third Test, even though he seemed confident of recovering in time for the 3rd Test. Ravichandran Ashwin received couple of blows on his right hand but has escaped a serious injury.

The biggest blow to India however was when Bhuvneshwar Kumar was ruled out of the first three Tests with a back strain which he sustained during the 3-match ODI series. His back had been troubling him since IPL and playing the limited overs matches in England aggravated his injury.

India has missed out on it's leading swing bowler in conditions that he could have exploited best of all the seamers. He is also a more than handy batsman, something that might have tilted the Edgbaston Test towards India as Hardik Pandya received no support from the lower order in the chase of 194, eventually losing the match by 31 runs.

There is some good news though for the Indian team, 'Bhuvi' as he is fondly called, is back at training and posted few videos while at the gym. With the team for the last two Tests yet to be announced, there is a chance he might be back to lead the attack. India will hope his arrival won't be too late and the series will be still alive when he returns.

Here is a video shared of Bhuvneshwar Kumar training at the gym:


By Saurabh Malhotra - 14 Aug, 2018

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