World Cup 2019: Bhuvi ruled out of next 2-3 games due to hamstring niggle, says Kohli

Bhuvneshwar Kumar walked off the field without completing his third over and India skipper Virat Kohli confirmed that he will be replaced by Mohammed Shami in the following games.

India captain Virat Kohli in action against Pakistan in Manchester on Sunday.   -  AFP

India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out of at least the next two World Cup games after developing a niggle in his left hamstring during the clash against Pakistan.

The paceman walked off the field without completing his third over and India skipper Virat Kohli confirmed that he will be replaced by Mohammed Shami in the following games.

"Bhuvi's case looks like a niggle, a case of slipping on the footmarks. It doesn't look too serious at the moment and looks like he could recover in a couple of games from now, maximum of three games. He is very important for us. But we have Shami with us and it shouldn't be much of a worry for us. Even Bhuvi doesn't think his injury is very serious," Kohli said.

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After the 89-run victory against Pakistan in Manchester, Kohli stressed on the template that Team India is following to attain success.

“The template has been really nice in the first three games — Rohit single-handedly winning us in the first game, a team effort in the second and today was Rohit's day again. It allowed me to play a certain kind of role and it allowed Hardik to come and explode in the end. It is going really nicely at the moment,” said Kohli at the post match presentation ceremony.

Kohli wanted to bowl had the toss gone his way, but that was not a worry as the bowlers stepped up.

“The pitch wouldn't have made much of a difference. The only factor that I thought was different was that the pitch started turning towards the end of our innings. We wanted to bowl first for the overcast conditions too.”

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On Kuldeep Yadav, who picked up two crucial wickets and kept Pakistan on a tight leash, Kohli said,

“Kuldeep was brilliant, those guys were only trying to play him out. A longer spell helped in that situation and he was getting into rhythm. They were thinking that he would go out of the attack sooner rather than later.

“That ball to dismiss Babar was just outstanding with the drift, the turn and just beating the batsman batting so well. This is the best he has been bowling since coming to England and him confidence with Chahal is going to be an important factor for us in the tournament.”