With Team India all set to play the first practice game against New Zealand on Saturday, the team has been preparing hard. Just 24 hours after reaching England, it was time for some serious business for ‘Men in Blue’. Captain Virat Kohli and his men headed straight to the ground for their first practice session ahead of the World Cup 2019. However, till the end of the training sessions, India found themselves with a tricky situation as two of the main players, Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar picked up injuries.
Ahead of the first warm-up fixture against New Zealand scheduled later in the day, Shikhar Dhawan took some throwdowns from the batting coach Sanjay Bangar. One of the short balls that were bowled hurled at a great pace towards him and hit him hard on the helmet. His practice session had to be cut short after this blow as physio Pattrick Farhart attended him. Gabbar got hit in the region around his lips and the jaw.
However, he is a great fighter and walked off the field with a smile on his face. Although he looked to be in pain initially, he seemed better as he went into the dressing room. The intensity of the injury is not known yet. But by the looks of things, he should be fine for the first practice game.
Another injury scare for Team India
On the other hand, Vijay Shankar got hit on the hand during the training session. 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.
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,” quoted Vijay Shankar.
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.”