Indian National Cricket Team have made a thumping start to their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign winning three of the four matches while one ended in a washout. However, they received a few setbacks with injuries of Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshar Kumar. While Dhawan will no longer be a part of the World Cup, Kumar is likely to miss two-three games. As India gear up for the Afghanistan clash without two star players, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah said that they need to move on as injuries are part and parcel of the game.
Shikhar Dhawan copped an injury on the right thumb in the game against Australia. He battled injuries to score a match-winning century; however, didn’t come out to the field in the second innings. Scans revealed that he had a hairline fracture in his thumb. The management decided to keep him with the squad and assess his injury. But as per the recent development, Dhawan is unlikely to be fit before mid-July and thus will not play any more part in the tournament. ICC has approved Rishabh Pant as the replacement for injured Dhawan.
Jasprit Bumrah, while addressing the media, admitted that any kind of injuries is unfortunate. But they need to look forward and play to their potential. India have the capability and depth in KL Rahul to fulfil Dhawan’s absence.
“It is unfortunate he (Dhawan) is out of the World Cup. He played really good innings against Australia. We are a good side and we are not worried about it. It was an unfortunate incident which happened but we have to move forward,” Bumrah said.
Not taking Afghans lightly: Bumrah
Meanwhile, India will play Afghanistan next on June 22 (Saturday) at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Jasprit Bumrah admitted that they are not taking minnows Afghanistan lightly and will play with the same intensity.
“We are not taking any team lightly. We are focusing all the teams in the same manner,” he concluded.