Vijay Shankar Injury Update: India have made a might pleasing start to the World Cup, having won three out of the four matches they have played so far. India and New Zealand are currently the only two teams who are unbeaten in the tournament. India are currently well placed in the top four with 7 points in four matches.
However, a set of injuries have caused a stir in the dressing room. Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the World Cup due to a thumb injury. Rishabh Pant has been called in as a replacement for the remainder of the tournament. Indian pacer, Bhuvneshwar Kumar also pulled his hamstring in the game against Pakistan which has also made him sit out for the next two games against Afghanistan and West Indies.
Prior to the match against Afghanistan, India were expected to make one change i.e., Mohammad Shami replacing Bhuvneshwar Kumar and given how Vijay Shankar bowled against the arch-rivals, he was expected to make the cut in the eleven. However, in a rain-hit practice session on Wednesday, Shankar has been hit on a toe by a Jasprit Bumrah’s delivery which saw him in excruciating pain. The injury forced him to skip Thursday’s training session.
Shankar was seen walking on Thursday with a slight limp. Later, he was seen jogging in the ground but gave up after a while. He did take part in basic exercises and in usual fielding drills.
Jasprit Bumrah Gives an Update Vijay Shankar injury
Recently, in a press conference, Jasprit Bumrah spoke on Shankar’s injury, confirming that it isn’t too serious and the Indian all-rounder is doing fine.
“We don’t obviously want to injure the batsman. Sometimes, when you play in the nets, nobody tells the batsmen not to hit. So they hit as well. It was unfortunate that he (Shankar) got hit. This is part and parcel of the game. But he is okay, he is fine,” the fast bowler assured.
Vijay Shankar took two crucial wickets of Imam-ul-Haq and Sarfaraz Ahmed in the game against Pakistan. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the sides, Shankar gives balance to the sides owing to his ability to bat and bowl.
Speaking on Shikhar Dhawan’s injury, Bumrah said that Indian opener’s injury is a big blow for India but having a back-up opener in the form of KL Rahul doesn’t give them too much headache as of now.
“He (Dhawan) is an important member and has been doing so well for so many years. Especially in ICC tournaments, his record is so good. It’s an unfortunate incident that happened but you have to move forward and keep going,” he said.
“It shows his ability to adjust according to any given situation. He was playing No 4 as well and he adapted. Against Australia, he got a few balls, but he hit those balls well.
“So he can adjust according to the situation. He can accelerate. So it doesn’t give us headache if we are facing any injury,” said Bumrah.