Vijay Shankar suffers injury scare during net session

Last Updated 20 June 2019, 14:15 IST

All-rounder Vijay Shankar is the latest to suffer an injury scare in the Indian camp after being hit on toe during a rain-hit training session on Wednesday.

During Wednesday's training, a Jasprit Bumrah yorker hit Shankar flush on his toes and he was apparently in pain.

However, a team source informed 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.

Shankar is one of the designated No. 4 batsmen in this Indian line-up although he is being used as a floater.

Shankar is also a handy medium pacer who got a couple of important wickets against Pakistan including the skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed.

With Shikhar Dhawan already ruled out of the tournament due to a thumb fracture and Bhuvneshwar Kumar out for at least two games due to a hamstring strain, Shankar's injury will only increase tensions for the team management.

As of now, Bhuvneshwar will not be bowling for at least eight days and will only be in contention for the England game (June 30) in Birmingham.

The team management, just like in Dhawan's case, is confident that Bhuvneshwar will be available for the business end of the tournament.

While the team management and the BCCI dilly-dallied in giving a proper picture of Dhawan's injury, they are still maintaining that Bhuvneshwar's issue is left hamstring stiffness and not a tear.

In case of a hamstring tear, there is very little chance of a World Cup comeback for Bhuvneshwar.

Khaleel Ahmed, the stand-by pacer is already with the team. In the worst-case scenario that Bhuvneshwar has to be replaced, the team management can also fall back on veteran Ishant Sharma who is another on the list.

(Published 20 June 2019, 09:48 IST)

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