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SOUTHAMPTON: Injured all-rounder Vijay Shankar is 'hopeful' of playing India's next World Cup come upon in opposition to Afghanistan because the pain inflicted by means of a Jasprit Bumrah toe-crusher has subsided.

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Shankar took a brief fitness check during which he was made to do a little running and also bowled a couple of balls below the supervision of physio Patrick Farhart and teacher Shankar Basu. It could not be ascertained whether or not the physio and the instructor have been glad along with his progress.

There have been cases prior to now where a player, who has attended a pre-match press conference hasn't made it to the playing XI.

Shankar's responded to queries over his inclusion in monosyllables.

Are you feeling better? "Personally, I've got a lot better," he quipped.

Much better? was a follow-up query and "yeah" was the quick reply.

The next query was much straighter. Will you be able to play? "Yeah, hopefully," was all that the Tamil Nadu all-rounder mentioned.

Bumrah's yorkers will also be lethal and Shankar mentioned he anticipated that.

"Actually, when you play someone like Bumrah, you always expect that. Still, sometimes we do miss that," he smiled when asked if he anticipated a supply like that.

While the crew control's reason why for sending Shankar was to send a signal that he is have compatibility and available, so much is determined by the morning of the sport and prevailing stipulations which could alternate any moment.

In case, Shankar doesn't play due to fitness concerns or crew mixture, the toss-up will probably be between Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik.

Pant is a public selection for his thrilling strokeplay however Karthik's experience in a big-ticket tournament can't be omitted either.

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