Team India has was handed a major boost ahead of their second warm-up clash against Bangladesh at Cardiff as Vijay Shankarresumed his training after recovering successfully from an injury before the Men in Blue’s first warm-up game against New Zealand at The Oval.
The all-rounder was struck on his wrist during their first practice session in London and was immediately rushed to the hospital for scans. Fortunately, there was no fracture but he had to miss out on the clash against the Kiwis which India lost by 6 wickets.
Another boost comes its way for India as Kedar Jadhav was also seen in the nets on Monday. The all-rounder had also been recuperating from a shoulder injury which he suffered during the 2019 Indian Premier League.
Kohli is bound to be a worried man if Jadhav and Shankar are unable to get a decent hit against Mashrafe Mortaza‘s men before facing a tricky opposition like South Africa in its tournament opener at Southampton on June 5.
‘The top-heavy Indian line-up flattered to deceive in bowling-friendly conditions at the Oval as Trent Boult troubled them with both swing and seam movement. The six-wicket defeat against New Zealand, however, won’t be a big worry for the Indian skipper as he has some bigger issues to take care of.
Rohit and Shikhar, who have enjoyed a decent amount of success against Bangladesh, won’t mind some runs which is always a confidence booster ahead of the main event.
If the conditions in Cardiff remain overcast, playing out a testing first spell of Mustafizur or Rubel will certainly keep the top-order batsmen in good stead.
Apart from Rahul, the other player who will like to assert himself in the middle will be Ravindra Jadeja, who was the only saving grace in the first warm-up game.