Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will miss the ongoing Srilankan Test Series due to personal reasons! Dhawan's funny wish to Bhuvi on his marriage.
Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar opted out of the second Test due to personal reasons on Monday but that didn’t stop the Indian duo from having some fun post the opening Test against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. In a hilarious video on Instagram by Dhawan, the left-hander is teasing the Indian pacer about his upcoming marriage. To his credit, the Indian pacer manages to easily fend off Dhawan’s bouncers. In the video, Bhuvneshwar also announced the date of his wedding to Nupur Nagar.
Dhawan confirmed the news of Bhuvneshwar’s wedding and asked him a few questions about how he was feeling.
“Lo ji humara ek sher kal joru ka gullam ban jaega. Isse puchte hai ki motichoor ka ladoo jo khae vo pachtae ya jo na khae vo pachtae (One of our teammates is going to get married, so let’s just ask him how does he feel)?”
This is how Bhuvneshwar reacted.
Bhuvneshwar got engaged to Nupur Nagar on October 4 in a ceremony, which was attended by close family and friends. According to media reports, the engagement ceremony took place in Greater Noida.
While Bhuvneshwar will not be available for the next two Tests due to his marriage, Shikhar will be available for the third Test, according to a BCCI media release.
“The BCCI announces the release of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan from India’s Test team. The duo made a request to the selectors and the team management to release them owing to personal reasons,” the release stated.
The Indian pacer was in top form during the opening Test against Sri Lanka. He bagged the Man of the Match for his brilliant performance. The 27-year-old took four wickets in each innings and gave Sri Lanka a mighty fright on the final day.
Kohli was all praise for the pacer after the match.
While Bhuvneshwar will not be available for the next two Tests due to his marriage, Shikhar will be available for the third Test after tending to personal matter.
Shankar is unlikely to play in the second Test as Murali Vijay is the reserve opener in the squad and Ishant Sharma is the third pacer, who are readily available replacements.
However this is the maiden national call-up for the Tamil Nadu One-Day captain. He has scored 1671 runs and taken 27 wickets in 32 first-class matches. He has been playing for India A for some time and also is next in line after Hardik Pandya as the seam bowling all-rounder.
India Test squad:
Virat Kohli (Captain), K.L. Rahul, M. Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-vaptain), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Vijay Shankar.