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Bhuvneshwar Kumar to play red-ball cricket after six years, included in UP Ranji squad

Bhuvneshwar Kumar to play red-ball cricket after six years, included in UP Ranji squad

Bhuvneshwar Kumar in Ranji Trophy could open the gates for him to make a comeback in the Test side

Once touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, last played any sort of red-ball cricket way back in 2018. In fact, his last Test match, in 2018 against South Africa, happened to be his last first-class game as well. But it seems like Bhuvneshwar is on his way back to the longest format of the game.

As per a report in News18, Bhuvi, the swing specialist, will be part of Team Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming Ranji Trophy, beginning on January 5, next year. Having said that, he will miss the first encounter against Kerala but will be available for the rest of the season.

It is noteworthy, Bhuvi had a stellar Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where he picked 16 and 11 wickets, respectively. “Bhuvneshwar is occupied with some personal commitments and he will also be available for the second encounter,” Gopal Sharma, the chairman of the UPCA’s Selection Advisory Committee told News18.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s Record

In 21 Tests, he has 63 wickets at an average of 26, and a strike-rate of 53. He was decent with the bat as well, having scored 552 runs, with three fifties to his name. In FC, he has 218 wickets in 70 matches, and 2433 runs with the bat.

UP squad vs Kerala

Aryan Juyal, Madhav Kaushik, Smarth Singh, Rinku Singh, Dhruv Jurel, Sameer Rizvi, Karan Sharma, Akshdeep Nath, Priyam Garg, Prince Yadav, Yash Dayal, Ankit Rajput, Kartik Tyagi, Kuldeep Yadav, Saurabh Kumar.

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