India’s Ashwin and Kumar fit to face South Africa

India have dismissed reports questioning the fitness of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravi Ashwin and said both are “very much available” for their second World Cup match against South Africa in Melbourne on Sunday.

Seamer Kumar was reported to be a doubt after a lacklustre training session in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday, while other reports said off-spinner Ashwin was struck by a Umesh Yadav delivery while batting in the same nets.

“We are receiving so many calls from media about R Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s fitness,” team media manager Dr RN Baba said today.

“The players are very much available for selection for the match against South Africa.”

India opened their World Cup defence with a convincing 76-run victory over Pakistan in Adelaide last Sunday.

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