Team India all-rounder Vijay Shankar who missed the opening World Cup warm-up game against New Zealand is expected to be fit for the 2nd warm-up clash against Bangladesh which is slated to be played in a couple of days time. As per latest updates from the Indian team management, Vijay Shankar had gone for scans yesterday but no fracture was detected. Hence it was a precautionary measure from the management to shield him from the opening clash.
As per a tweet from journalist Chetan Narula, Vijay Shankar should be available for the 2nd warm-up match. “Update from Indian team management: Vijay Shankar went for scans yesterday. No fractures of any kind. Recovery has started. Missing out today’s game. Might be available for second warm-up,” Narula wrote.
Meanwhile had sustained an injury on his hand while batting in the nets on Friday ahead of India’s World Cup warm-up clash against New Zealand tomorrow. The all-rounder was hit on the right hand during a pre-match training session as per reports in India Today. Vijay Shankar had to leave the field in pain while a support staff carried his bat and pads.
Shankar whose selection in the squad was criticized by many was struck on the forearm as he attempted to pull a delivery from one of the net bowlers Khaleel Ahmed. It remains to be seen whether Shankar needs a scan and whether he will be available for the warm-up clash against New Zealand slated to be played tomorrow at the Kennington Oval in London.
India will begin the World Cup as one of the top contenders to lift the title. They have played some exceptional cricket in the recent past and have most of the series in the last two years barring a series defeat against Australia pretty recently. They have a pretty settled unit who has the ability to make an impression single-handedly.