India all-rounder Vijay Shankar suffered an injury to his hand while batting in the nets on Friday ahead of India’s World Cup 2019 warm-up match against New Zealand in London.Shankar was hit on his right hand during a pre-match training session, according to a media report. The all-rounder walked off the field in pain with a support staff carrying his bat and pads.Shankar was hit on the forearm when he attempted a pull shot against Khaleel Ahmed, who is a net bowler for the India cricket team, according to ESPNCricinfo.Vijay Shankar was taken for precautionary scans. A call on his availability for India’s 1st warm-up match against New Zealand on Saturday will be taken after the reports are out, according to reports.Vijay Shankar is gearing up for his maiden World Cup appearance. The Tamil Nadu all-rounder was picked in the 15-member World Cup squad four months after he made his ODI debut for the senior national team.Shankar did not get a chance to bat in his first 3 ODIs but came up with a crucial knock of 45 in India’s win over New Zealand in the fifth ODI of a five-match series in New Zealand in February.Shankar then shone with the bat for India against Australia in a home series, collecting 120 runs from 4 innings.Shankar has been earmarked by the Indian team to play the No. 4 role at the 2019 World Cup after having been selected ahead of Ambati Rayudu who had been playing at the spot over the last 2 years.advertisementChief selector MSK Prasad had said Vijay Shankar’s 3-dimensional abilities worked in favour of him.However, Shankar had not been in the best of form during Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 as the Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder managed 244 runs in the 12th edition of the cash-rich Twenty20 league.Shankar, speaking exclusively to India Today earlier this week, had said he is not focussing on all the chatter but his preparations in the lead up to the World Cup.”Well, there might have been a lot of debate about the number four slot. As cricketers, we tend to face all these things. It is really important to keep it simple and believe in our own strengths,” Shankar told India Today.”The only thing that we can do is to work on all the aspects of our game. I am just focused on my own preparation rather thinking about anything else. That is what I have been doing. These things happen and I have learnt to overcome all of it,” he added.India will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5. Virat Kohli’s men will face New Zealand in their first warm-up match on Saturday and take on Bangladesh in Cardiff on Tuesday.Also Read | Made sure I trained well after IPL: Vijay Shankar before departing for World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: When Harry Kane met Virat KohliAlso See:
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