A new name has been added to team India injury scare as all-rounder Vijay Shankar is the latest to suffer injury after being hit on toe during a rain hit training session on Wednesday in Southampton.
During the practise session, Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah threw a yorker which hit Vijay’s toes and left him in pain.
However, a team source informed PTI that there is 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 lap. Shankar then did some basic exercises while others took part in usual fielding drills as well as net sessions.
Shankar’s injury will only increase tension in team management as Indian team opener Shikar Dhawan has been already ruled out of World Cup due to fracture in thumb. Rishabh Pant has been drafted in to replace the southpaw opener.
Moreover, Bhuvaneswar Kumar was already for two games after he suffered a hamstring strain.
As of now Bhuvaneswar will not be bowling for eight days and will only be in contention for the England game in Birmingham on June 30. However, Mohammed Shami is available as a ready replacement in team India.
In case of hamstring tear, it will be very difficult for Bhuvaneswar to make a comeback in World Cup.
India will play its next match with Afghanistan on June 23 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.