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Injury scares hit Indian cricket team

June 22, 2019

The Indian cricket team seems to be getting hit by one injury after another. The latest is Vijay Shankar, the Indian all-rounder, who faced an injury scare after being hit on the toe during a training session. Shankar wa sforced to skip practice after that.

A yorker by Jasprit Bumrah hit Shankar on his toes, causing considerable agony. Bumrah, whose delivery hurt Shankar, said,

We don't obviously want to injure the batsman. Sometimes, when you play in the nets, nobody tells the batsmen not to hit. So they hit as well. It was unfortunate that he (Shankar) got hit. This is part and parcel of the game. But he is okay, he is fine. - Jasprit Bumrah, Indian bowler

Shikhar Dhawan has already been ruled out of the World Cup tournament after he fractured his thumb while Bhuvneshwar Kumar is out for two games due to a hamstring strain. Shankar's injury will add to the tension for the team management.

Bhuvneshwar will not be able to bowl for eight days. He will be able to play the game against England on 30 June in Birmingham. If he has torn his hamstring, there is little chance of his comeback in the World Cup.

This means Khaleel Ahmed, the stand-by pacer, will come in if Bhuvneshwar has to be replaced. There is also the experienced Ishant Sharma as he is also among the reserves.

While saying Dhawan's exit was a setback, Bumrah said K L Rahul is doing a good job as an opener. "He is an important member and has been doing so well for so many years. Especially in ICC tournaments, his record is so good. It's unfortunate incident that happened but you have to move forward and keep going," said Bumrah. "Rahul was playing No 4 as well and he adapted. Against Australia, he got a few balls, but he hit those balls well. So he can adjust according to the situation. He can accelerate. So it doesn't give us headache if we are facing any injury".

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