Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and opening batsman KL Rahul will be taking part in the next round of Ranji Trophy which starts on Sunday (November 13), according to a report in ESPNCricinfo . Also Read - Rajasthan Congress Crisis Nears End as Sachin Pilot Breaks Silence, Party Forms 3-Member Panel to Address His ‘Grievances’
Playing for Uttar Pradesh, Bhuvneshwar’s first-class comeback will be against Mumbai in Mysuru. On the other hand, Rahul will returning against Rajasthan in Vizianagaram, according to Karnataka coach J Arun Kumar. Also Read - 'No Resentment Anymore': Rebel Rajasthan Congress MLA Bhanwar Lal Sharma Meets CM Ashok Gehlot
With the tournament nearing its home stretch, both teams, especially Uttar Pradesh who are third from the bottom in Group A, will welcome the return of key players. (India vs England 1st Test Live Score) Also Read - Rajasthan Crisis: Sonia Gandhi Spoke to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Say Reports
Both the players have been out of action for about a month. Rahul pulled up his hamstring and missed the last two Tests versus New Zealand, and Bhuvneshwar succumbed to a back strain to be ruled out of the third Test in Indore.
With the Indian team for the first two Tests against England been decided upon already, both of them will be eager to prove their match fitness and get themselves into the reckoning for the last three Tests. (Cricket is like soap opera, has to be entertaining: Stephen Fleming)
Rahul had been in fine form prior to his injury, scoring a 158 in Jamaica and a half-century in St Lucia, before smashing an unbeaten 51-ball 110 in the first T20I against West Indies in Florida. He also had a good tour of Zimbabwe in June, when he made his ODI debut and scored 196 runs in three matches, including a century.
On the other hand, Bhuvneshwar picked up a back strain in the second Test against Kiwis where his five-for in the first innings gave India a substantial lead. It was his second five-wicket haul in three matches – the first one came against Windies in St Lucia.