File photo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Kumar on Wednesday was not included in the XII for the first of the four-Test game against Australia at Adelaide Oval.
Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Wednesday was not included in the XII for the first of the four-Test game against Australia at Adelaide Oval.
Despite that, the death-over specialist had a smile on his face as a fan group Bharat Army dedicated a song to him. The same group had welcomed the Indian cricket team at Adelaide airport.
The fan group got a surprise visit from Bhuvi following which then sang a song praising the Indian pacer.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also shared a video of Bhuvneshwar's entertaining session with the Bharat Army on Twitter, saying: "Bhuvi surprises Bharat Army with a kind gesture at the Adelaide Oval. Watch on as the Bharat Army sings a song for Bhuvneshwar Kumar."
The number one-ranked Indian Test team will start favourites in the gruelling series as Australia are just coming out of a bad phase.
The hosts are missing the services of their prominent batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, both of which are serving one-year bans for their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March 2018.
India have never won a Test series down under in 70 years and the pundits see it as a perfect opportunity to claim a series on Australian soil. However, captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane claimed that the hosts are not "vulnerable" without Smith and Warner.