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Former Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif has explained that injury-prone Bhuvneshwar Kumar might need to play a few first-class matches before becoming fit enough to play for the national side. Kaif also stated that Ranji Trophy games might be on the medium pacer’s agenda going forward.

For a while now, Bhuvneshwar has fought consistent bouts of injuries that have seen him go out of favor in the Indian team’s Test setup. Recently, he played for India in the limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka and he’s slowly gaining match fitness. However, Kaif feels the best way back is through first-class games.Bhuvneshwar last played a Test match in January 2018 against South Africa. Since then, he has been a stranger to red-ball cricket. If he manages to stay away from injuries, he will bring a lot of variety into the current team’s seam-bowling attack, and the Ranji games are the best way to do it, as per Kaif.Kaif also stressed the fact that although fitness does hold a lot of importance in recent times, cricket boils down to being a game of skills. Therefore, form is also a major concern when considering all the criteria for selection.Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s next assignment will be for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second phase of 2021 IPL. If he gets through without harming his body, he’s all but guaranteed a spot in India’s squad for the 2021 T20 World Cup.

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