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Bhuvi’s fitness a worry

Southampton: As if Ishant Sharma’s injury was not bad enough, now Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got a swollen ankle to keep the Indian team management worried ahead of their fourth Test against England, at the Old Trafford, beginning August 7.

With Ishant already out of the fourth match with an ankle injury, Bhuvneshwar’s injury will certainly give sleepless nights to Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Duncan Fletcher.

Neither Bhuvneshwar nor Ishant took part in the customary football session after India lost the Test on the first session of the fifth day itself.

The UP seamer, who has 15 wickets apart from 228 runs in the series, has so far bowled 124.5 overs (only second to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja’s 142.3 overs), might have been a bit “tired”, according to captain Dhoni.

“I think, Bhuvi seemed to be a bit tired,” Dhoni told reporters at the post-match media conference on Thursday. “But he came back nicely after that first spell. I thought he was slightly on the shorter side. He got the right length in the first two Tests, but here he was slightly short. Apart from that, I am quite happy with the effort put in by fast bowlers,” Dhoni said.