Southampton, June 20: A Jasprit Bumrah yorker had crushed Vijay Shankar's toe during training on Wednesday.
With opener Shikhar Dhawan already out with a fractured thumb, the Indian team management would have hoped that it wasn't anything serious and the pace spearhead confirmed the same while addressing the media on Thursday.
"It was unfortunate that Vijay got injured off my ball, but he is fine," Bumrah said.
The pacer feels that it is really unfortunate that Dhawan has to miss the rest of the tournament after the thumb injury, but added that the team needed to move forward.
"It is unfortunate that he (Dhawan) is out of the World Cup. He played a really good innings against Australia. We are a good side and we have to move forward," he said.
Bumrah said that the conditions are most helpless in England.
"The wickets are flat and we are taking that into consideration and working accordingly. You have to focus on accuracy and after that if you get some help that is good," he revealed.
Commenting on the preparation that the fast bowlers undergo ahead of the games, he said: "The best preparation for me is to bowl and that is what I am doing. We are not taking any team lightly. We are focusing all the teams in the same manner."
All-rounder Vijay Shankar is the latest to suffer an injury scare in the Indian camp after being hit on toe during a rain-hit training session on Wednesday.
During Wednesday’s training, a Jasprit Bumrah yorker hit Shankar flush on his toes and he was apparently in pain.
However, a team source informed PTI that there’s 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.
Shankar is one of the designated No 4 batsmen in this Indian line-up although he is being used as a floater.
Shankar is also a handy medium pacer who got a couple of important wickets against Pakistan including skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed.
With Shikhar Dhawan already ruled out of the tournament due to thumb fracture and Bhuvneshwar Kumar out for two games due to a hamstring strain, Shankar’s injury will only increase tension for the team management.
As of now Bhuvneshwar will not be bowling for eight days and will only be in contention for the England game (June 30) in Birmingham.
The team management, just like in Dhawan’s case, is confident that Bhuvneshwar will be available during the business end of the tournament.
While the team management and the BCCI dilly-dallied in giving a proper picture with regards to Dhawan’s injury, they are still maintaining that it is a left hamstring stiffness and not a tear for Bhuvneshwar.
In the case of a hamstring tear, there will be very little chance of a comeback for Bhuvneshwar in the World Cup.
While Khaleel Ahmed, the stand-by pacer is with the team, in the worst case scenario if Bhuvneshwar has to be replaced, the team management can fall back on veteran Ishant Sharma as he is also on the list.
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