ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar Receives A Painful Injury; Doubtful For The First Warm-Up Game
The 28-year-old Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar has received a painful forearm injury during the net practice on Friday (24th May). His availability in the first pre-World Cup warm-up match is doubtful.
According to the media reports, during his batting practice on Friday, Vijay Shankar got a hit on his right hand. Going to play a pull shot against the left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed, Shankar received that blow. While he left the ground in pain, a support staff carried his cricket kits.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) hasn’t commented about this news yet. So, there is no official news yet whether he has needed a scan or not.
Meanwhile, India will play their first pre-World Cup warm-up match against New Zealand on this Saturday (25th May) at The Oval (London). However, due to his latest injury, Vijay Shankar is now doubtful for this first warm-up game.
On 28th May, India will play their second and last warm-up match against Bangladesh at Cardiff.
The 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will begin on 30th May which will be hosted by England and Wales. The two-time World Cup champions India will start their Cricket World Cup journey on 5th June. In their tournament opener, India will face South Africa at Southampton.
Vijay Shankar made ODI debut in this January
Vijay Shankar is a pace-bowling all-rounder who generally bats in the middle-order. Shankar made his international cricket debut in March 2018 through the T20I format. On 18th January 2019, during the Melbourne ODI against Australia, Shankar made his ODI debut.
Till the date, he has played nine ODIs and nine T20Is for the national team. The right-handed batsman has scored 165 ODI runs (average 33.00) and 101 T20I runs (average 25.25). Meanwhile, the right-arm medium pacer has also taken two ODI wickets and five T20I wickets.
Especially after making his ODI debut, Shankar has impressed with his batting performances. After some strong fights, Shankar has earned the World Cup call-up. The chief national selector MSK Prasad has claimed that Shankar can bat at the crucial no.4 position in the forthcoming Cricket World Cup.
Shankar had a decent run in the recently concluded IPL 2019. Playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Shankar scored 244 runs in 14 innings (average 20.33 and strike-rate of 126.42). On the other hand, he didn’t bowl much in that tournament as he picked up one wicket in five innings.
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