Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar back to field after minor injury

Vijay Shankar Injury: Indian all-rounder suffers injury scare after being hit by Jasprit Bumrah's...

Shankar had replaced Dhawan during India's last match against Pakistan. The India pacer also bowled a splendid 49th over, conceding only five runs.

But he said despite the agony of defeat, Afghanistan would take a lot of positives from their performance against unbeaten opponents captained by his favourite player. He said that the duo should have hung around supporting Nabi.

Normally fast bowlers don't go full tilt at the nets especially when they are playing matches regularly but the case is different for Bumrah.

Needing just 4.5 runs per over, Afghanistan adopted a patient approach in the face of some disciplined bowling but never quite managed to establish a match-winning partnership, Mohammed Shami finishing the game off in style with a hat-trick. "Najib [Zadran] and Rashid [Khan] made mistakes but credit goes to the Indian bowling side", Naib added.

In reply, Afghanistan mixed up their batting order, with Rahmat Shah stepping up to open alongside Gulbadin in the absence of Hasratullah Zazai. The experienced all-rounder still performed magnificently with both bat and ball, taking two wickets and scoring 52 runs - anchoring Afghanistan's run chase. Those were good deliveries. So we didn't expect this kind of wickets when we played the first four games.

Rhodes said they respected the Afghan spinners but were not intimidated by them.

His 0-110 from nine overs against England were the most expensive figures in World Cup history, but Rashid shrugged off that ignominy - which, bizarrely, included being trolled by Iceland Cricket - with an impressive display of skill and character. Skipper Gulbadin Naib had perhaps said it a million times by then, to the world, his countrymen, teammates and himself, "We missed the chance to beat India".

"I think we are doing better and better day by day and this is the team I want to create". This is what I actually wanted from the team. The best is yet to come, said the Tamil Nadu player. But the big teams, they don't give you a single chance. "My favourite is also (India's captain) Virat Kohli, and I played against him", he said, smiling.

"The good thing is that Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman bowled really well and restricted MS Dhoni from playing big shots". So they bowled really well. The wicket was slow, and it's good for batting. Especially when Rashid's ball turns, it's really hard for any team. Their highest score of the tournament is 247 and they simply haven't picked up enough runs throughout the competition to compete.



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