ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: No fracture detected, Vijay Shankar to be monitored
Thankfully for India, Vijay Shankar has been spared of any serious injury. (AFP Image)

The Indian cricket team would breath a sigh of relief after their allrounder Vijay Shankar escaped with what threatened to be a World Cup-ending injury. Shankar was hit on the forearm in the nets while attempting a pull shot off Khaleel Ahmed and went off the field writhing in pain.

But scans later in the day revealed that the allrounder was spared of any fatal injury, even though he sat out of India’s first warm-up fixture against New Zealand on Saturday as a precautionary measure. ESPNcricinfo reports that Shankar’s progress would be monitored by the team physio along the way, and that they are confident of him recovering in time, perhaps even for the second warm-up against Bangladesh on Tuesday.

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Shankar has been highly talked about to be India’s No. 4, even getting a strong backing from BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad, who credited the allrounder for “changing the dynamics” and believes he is the ideal fit.

Although Shankar admits batting at No. 4 will be challenging, the allrounder is confident of being able to adapt to the conditions.

“More than the batting position it’s the situation that’s going to matter, like I said earlier. Sometimes you might walk in at 200 or 250 for 2 and you might have to finish the innings. If you can prepare yourself to the best of your abilities and react to the situation, things will fall into place,” Shankar told ESPNcricinfo in an interview.

“The experience of having played in England for India A around the same time last year will also help. It was very hot when we went with the A side and it was mostly high-scoring games. But this time it might not be as hot and the conditions can be different. Whatever the situations or conditions are, I feel now I will be able to adapt to it and perform for my team.”