Manchester | Jagran Sports Desk: Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out of the next few games of the World Cup 2019 after he suffered a niggle during India’s match against Pakistan on Sunday.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli confirmed this news and said that fellow pacer Mohammad Shami will replace in the next game.

"Slight niggle (in his left hamstring) for Bhuvi, he slipped on one of the footmarks. He's out for two, maybe three games, but he should come back for us at some stage during this tournament. He is very important for us," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

India will now face Afghanistan on June 22 at the Hampshire bowl in Southampton, then West Indies on June 27, and England on June 30.

It is another big jolt for India after opener Shikhar Dhawan suffered a thumb injury while batting against Australia, ruling him out for at least a couple of weeks.

Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been called in as Dhawan’s cover.

Pant, whose omission from the original squad became a topic of heated debates given his stupendous form in the past one year, joined the team on June 12.

The 21-year-old is one of the most exciting players to have emerged in Indian cricket. He impressed with Test hundreds during the tours of England and Australia earlier and was in fine form during the IPL last month.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma