New Delhi: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been India's prime bowler for quite some time now, is doubtful to play in the opening Test against Australia at Adelaide Oval scheduled to start from Tuesday, due to a left ankle injury.
It would certainly be a big blow for India as the right-arm seamer picked up 19 wickets in the last away series that India played against England and remained the most successful bowler for the country in the five match series.
Considering the conditions Down Under, Bhuvneshwar could prove effective as he boasts of impeccable line and length with a hint of swing as part of his repertoire.
Though, there is no official statement from BCCI regarding the unavailability of Bhuvnehswar, his lack of participation in the nets sessions for the last two weeks gave a strong signal.
However, if Bhuvi couldn't manage to play the first Test, then it's almost clear that Ishant Sharma will be India's third pace option at the Oval alongside Mohammed Shami and Varun Aaron, who bowled impressive spells during both the tour games.
The first Test is scheduled to start at IST 5:30 am and Virat Kholi is set to lead the side for the first time in whites.