Bhuvneshwar Kumar made a triumphant return to first-class cricket after a nearly six-year absence, delivering an impressive 5-wicket haul for Uttar Pradesh against Bengal in the second round of the Ranji Trophy. At the end of Day 1, Bengal found themselves in a precarious position at 95/5, having dismissed Uttar Pradesh for a paltry 60 runs. However, Bhuvneshwar single-handedly shifted the momentum in UP’s favor by claiming the crucial wickets of Sourav Paul, Sudip Kumar Gharami, Anustup Majumdar, Manoj Tiwary, and Abishek Porel. Bengal’s Mohammad Kaif was the standout bowler, taking impressive figures of 4/14. Suraj Jaiswal also performed well, securing 3 wickets, while Ishan Porel managed to take two. With India preparing for a 5-match Test series against England at home, starting on January 25, there are concerns about Mohammed Shami’s fitness, which may rule him out of the first 2 Tests. This presents an opportunity for the pacer from Meerut to impress the selectors and earn a spot in the squad.