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Vijay Shankar to undergo fitness tests at NCA for an injured toe
Vijay Shankar

All-rounder Vijay Shankar is set to undergo tests at National Cricket Academy [NCA] in Bengaluru to determine the extent of his toe injury which he suffered during 2019 World Cup. Shankar was hit by a yorker from Jasprit Bumrah during practice. Shankar scored 58 runs & took two wickets in the 2019 World Cup before being replaced by Mayank Agarwal.

Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar will undergo tests at the National Cricket Academy [NCA] in Bengaluru to determine the extent of his toe injury which he suffered during India’s World Cup campaign. Shankar’s World Cup campaign came to an end due to the injury as he was replaced by batsman Mayank Agarwal in the later stages of the tournament.

Shankar picked up an injury after being hit by a yorker from teammate Jasprit Bumrah while batting in the nets. He was ruled out of the showpiece event ahead of the knockout stages with Rishabh Pant taking the number 4 spot in his absence. Shankar didn’t have an impressive World Cup campaign managing to score only 58 runs in three games while picking up a couple of wickets.

He was picked over experienced Ambati Rayudu as the designated no.4 in the Indian batting line-up with the selectors also praising his three-dimensional abilities. However, Vijay didn’t manage to make an impact in the tournament. KL Rahul was played at the no.4 spot ahead of him before Shikhar Dhawan’s injury forced the right-hander to take the opening spot allowing Shankar to be included in the playing XI.

He managed to play on three games before being replaced by Pant at no.4 & was subsequently ruled of the tournament. Agarwal, who was called in as a replacement, didn’t get any game. India finished the league stages on top of the table with 15 points from nine games. The Men in Blue’s solitary defeat in the league stage came against eventual finalists England.

Meanwhile, their clash against New Zealand was washed out due to rain. India met the Black Caps in the semi-final & headed into the must-win clash as the overwhelming favorites but was stunned by the Kiwis, who came out on top in a hard-fought game. India failed to chase down a modest target of 240 runs to suffer an 18-run defeat & bow out of the tournament.

Kiwi pacers Trent Boult & Matt Henry ran riot against the Indian batting line-up. The top-order suffered a massive collapse leaving the middle-order with a mountain to climb. Despite half-centuries from Ravindra Jadeja & MS Dhoni, India fell short in the run chase.

Shankar is in contention to be included in the ODI side for the upcoming series against West Indies but it will be interesting to see if he will continue to be India’s no.4.

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