World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar hit on the hand in the nets
The Indian team will play the first warm-up game against New Zealand on May 25.
Updated - May 24, 2019 8:40 pm
Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar had a lot of eyes on him, he was picked ahead of Ambati Rayudu for the No.4 slot. He didn’t quite have a memorable IPL season and thus was put through a lot of scrutiny. The team still stood behind him and that would’ve given Shankar a lot of confidence. However, even before the warm-up fixtures, the all-rounder got hit on the hand.
He was batting in the nets as the Indian team prepared for the first game, a warm-up against New Zealand at the Kennington Oval. During the session, Shankar took a blow on his right hand and immediately walked off. It is just a preliminary report from those who witnessed it first hand and there is no detail on the extent of the injury.
Another injury scare for Team India
An update from the BCCI or the Indian team management will clarify the seriousness of his injury. Earlier in the day, opener Shikhar Dhawan also got hit on the helmet while training. He had also walked off immediately after just as a precautionary measure. The Indian team will start their campaign against South Africa on June 5, there is still time for both the players to recover even in case it is a minor injury situation.
Shankar’s World Cup plans
Though there was a lot going around, the 25-year-old wants to keep things simple and is just grateful to be a part of the team. “I feel like I should stick to the basics. It has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride for me to get selected for the World Cup. I am really happy to play a part in the World Cup and feel fortunate to share the dressing room with senior players,” Shankar told CricTracker in an exclusive chat.
Talking about the feeling and how he is approaching this opportunity, the Tamil Nadu cricketer said, “I like to keep things very simple. Initially, there was a lot of happiness around but as the tournament is getting closer I feel the ode of responsibility I must shoulder. I like to be prepared for everything and this is the World Cup, the most prestigious tournament. So, I am definitely focused to give my best.”