India’s injury concerns just got longer with all-rounder Vijay Shankar being the latest entrant to the list. A fractured thumb ruled out opener Shikhar Dhawan, earlier this week. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar will also be out of action for a game or two with a hamstring strain. And now, it is Vijay Shankar who might miss some game action.
A Jasprit Bumrah yorker struck Shankar on his toe while training in the nets. However, the pain has decreased and hopefully nothing seems scary, a source informed PTI.
On Thursday, Shankar was walking around with a slight limp, in slippers. Later he also tried jogging but gave up after half a lap. He was not involved in the usual net sessions.
Hopefully, it is nothing serious and Shankar plays the game against Afghanistan. He is the batsman of choice at no.4 at the moment. After playing an instrumental role in the game against Pakistan with the ball, he could roll his arm for a few overs as well.
As for Bhuvneshwar’s injury update, he won’t be bowling for eight days. This means that he will be back to complete fitness before the England game. As of now, Shami, who is the third seamer in the Indian team will be in action in the upcoming game.
The management has maintained that it is a hamstring pull and not a tear. So, just like in Dhawan’s case, they will wait for him to recover. However, if in any case, Kumar has to be replaced, Khaleel Ahmed, the back-up pacer is with the team. The team could also rope in veteran pacer Ishant Sharma, who is also a part of the back-ups waiting back home.
Just in case, Shankar too is unfit for the upcoming games, India has Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik to replace him at no.4.