[caption id="attachment_861620" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-861620" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Bhuvneshwar-Kumar_AFP-RESIZED.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="329" /> Bhuvneshwar Kumar sustained a hamstring injury during India s game against Pakistan and did not feature in the playing XI for Afghanistan match. @AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>In a big positive for the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/India">Indian</a> team management, pacer <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/bhuvneshwar-kumar/news/">Bhuvneshwar Kumar</a> bowled for around 30-35 minutes at the indoor nets in Manchester on Tuesday. <p></p> <p></p>While it is unclear if he will be in contention for the game against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/west-indies">West Indies</a> at Old Trafford on Thursday, the close to full run-up bowling session is an indicator that the hamstring niggle has improved. <p></p> <p></p>Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that while the pacer did start with a short run-up, there was a gradual increase in the run-up under the watchful eyes of physio Patrick Farhart. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-2019-bhuvneshwar-kumar-out-for-two-may-be-three-games-virat-kohli-857971">Cricket World Cup 2019: Bhuvneshwar Kumar out for two, may be three games: Virat Kohli</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"It is indeed a positive sign as he bowled close to 30-35 minutes under Farhart's observation. It started with a small four or five step run-in to the wicket before he kept increasing the run-up at regular intervals. He was also checked on by skipper Virat Kohli during his net session. There was no visible discomfort and that is a good sign," the source said. <p></p> <p></p>Earlier, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/navdeep-saini">Navdeep Saini</a> had joined the Indian team in Manchester on Monday. The timing of the arrival combined with a lack of any fresh update on Bhuvneshwar's injury had raised quite a few eyebrows. But the Indian team has made it clear that Saini had joined the camp only as a net bowler. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-2019-navdeep-saini-joins-indian-team-as-net-bowler-in-england-861322">Cricket World Cup 2019: Navdeep Saini joins Indian team as net bowler in England</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Interestingly, Saini was named as one of the stand-by players when the Indian selectors had announced the 15-member squad for the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-200898/">ICC Cricket World Cup 2019</a>. The BCCI sent out an official message saying: <p></p> <p></p>"Navdeep Saini has arrived in Manchester. Navdeep is the only net bowler here and he will train with the Indian cricket team." <p></p> <p></p>Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that Saini didn't come to England as a cover like Rishabh Pant. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/navdeep-sainis-wishlist-bumrahs-yorkers-bhuvneshwars-swing-and-shamis-seam-845234">Navdeep Saini s wishlist: Bumrah s yorkers, Bhuvneshwar s swing and Shami s seam</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"He has joined as a net bowler and not as anybody's cover like Pant had come in as cover for Shikhar Dhawan." <p></p> <p></p>After the game against Pakistan, skipper Virat Kohli had said: "Slight niggle 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."