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World Cup 2019: Team India get another injury scare after Vijay Shankar hit on toe

Shankar was batting in the nets on Wednesday when a yorker from Jasprit Bumrah hit the all-rounder’s toe, causing him some pain in the aftermath.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: June 20, 2019 3:33:34 pm
Vijay Shankar celebrates with Virat Kohli after taking wicket of Imam Ul Haq with his first World Cup delivery. (Source: AP)

Vijay Shankar reportedly gave the Indian team yet another injury scare.

Shankar was batting in the nets on Wednesday when a yorker from Jasprit Bumrah hit the all-rounder’s toe, causing him some pain in the aftermath.

However a team source informed PTI that there’s nothing to worry as of now.

“Yes, Vijay was in pain but it has subsided by the evening. Hopefully, there’s nothing scary,” the source said.

On Thursday, Shankar was seen walking around in slippers with a slight limp. Later he tried jogging wearing gym trainers but gave up after half a lap.

He then did some basic exercises as others took part in usual fielding drills as well as net sessions.

India confirmed Wednesday that Shikhar Dhawan would no longer be participating in the World Cup following a blow to his left hand in the Australia game, causing a hairline fracture. Dynamic batsman Rishabh Pant has been drafted in to replace the southpaw opener. Adding to this, Bhuveneshwar Kumar hobbled off the pitch in the match against Pakistan with a strained hamstring, and the team management has confirmed he won’t play for at least 8 days. A ready replacement is available for the Indian team in Mohammed Shami.

An injury to Shankar would have been cause for concern, with the all-rounder useful with both bat and ball, as seen in his impressive spell against Pakistan, in which he picked two wickets.

The Indian team management has also maintained that maintaining bowler Bhuvaneshwar Kumar has only suffered stiffness in his left hamstring and there is no tear. In case of hamstring tear, there will be very little chance of comeback for Bhuvneshwar in the World Cup.

Kumar was also seen doing a bit of short strides and jogging but didn’t take part in the nets.

India’s net game will be against Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. The Afghans are rooted to the bottom of the table with 5 losses in as many games.

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