ICC World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar hit on the hand while batting in the nets
Vijay Shankar (AFP Photo)

India have suffered a major injury scare days ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019 after Vijay Shankar was hit on his right hand during a training session on Friday.

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The incident occurred while the Tamil Nadu allrounder was batting in the nets and he looked in considerable pain after copping the blow. He was attended to by the team physio. India will play New Zealand in their first warm-up match of the world cup at Kennington Oval in London on Saturday.

While there have been no further updates from the Indian camp, they will hope the injury to be a minor one as Shankar is being looked upon as a possible candidate to bat the no. 4 spot.

Shankar has already expressed his willingness to bat at the spot should he be asked to do so. “The series against New Zealand was a great confidence-booster as I could score that 40-odd in tough conditions when the team needed me. I needed that self-belief and now I am ready for whatever the team tells me to do,” the 27-year-old told PTI recently.

Shankar made his ODI debut in January this year and in nine matches has scored 165 runs and taken two wickets.

India will start their campaign against South Africa from June 5.

India’s World Cup squad: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja