Cricket World Cup 2019: Finger injury scare for Kohli, uncertainty over Kedar ahead of India v South Africa

Sudhir Gupta 17:23 03/06/2019
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Virat Kohli.

India were dealt an injury scare ahead of their opening 2019 World Cup clash against South Africa with skipper Virat Kohli hurting his right thumb during practice.

Kohli took the hit during training at the Ageas Bowl and was later seen with his hand dipped in a bucket of ice late on Saturday. But news from the Indian camp was that the injury is not too serious and the skipper should be up and running by Wednesday.

The Press Trust of India quoted a member of the Indian team as saying: “He is doing fine. There is nothing to worry.”

The bigger concern, however, is the fitness of Kedar Jadhav who is yet to reach 100 per cent after the shoulder injury he picked up during the IPL.

Jadhav missed India’s warm-up matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh. He has taken part in the net sessions but the fact that he has just started bowling and is slowly working his way towards batting without any discomfort means the management might want to wait for some more time before fielding him. The all-rounder also has a long-standing hamstring issue, which needs careful management.

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