World Cup 2023: Will Shakib Al Hasan Be Available for the Big Match Against India After Injury?

As Bangladesh prepares to face India in their fourth match of the World Cup 2023 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on October 19, all eyes are on their captain, Shakib Al Hasan. With a victory over Afghanistan and defeats against New Zealand and England, Bangladesh’s journey has hit a pivotal moment. Bangladesh currently holds the 7th position in the standings and has a net run rate of -699. Bangladesh aims to not only secure wins but also improve their run rate to bolster their position in the tournament. Amid this, Shakib Al Hasan’s injury during the New Zealand game has sparked speculation about his availability.

This article provides an in-depth exploration of the injury, the team’s strategy for his potential absence, the speculated replacement, and the stand-in captain. For a comprehensive understanding of the tournament’s progress and insightful match predictions, you can also some interesting articles on World Cup updates.

How Did Shakib Get Injured?

World Cup 2023: Will Shakib Al Hasan Be Available for the Big Match Against India After Injury?
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During the New Zealand clash, Shakib sustained a thigh injury while taking a run. Despite the discomfort, he persisted in batting scored 40 runs, and completed his full quota of 10 overs while bowling. Post-match, he underwent a scan in Chennai to assess the extent of the injury.

Shakib Al Hasan: Will He Play Against India?

World Cup 2023: Will Shakib Al Hasan Be Available for the Big Match Against India After Injury?
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Bangladesh’s captain Shakib Al Hasan got injured in the last game against New Zealand. Despite his eagerness to play, the team is cautious, considering his long-term well-being. Khaled Mahmud, the team director, mentioned that although Shakib is showing signs of improvement and is pain-free after a recent scan, they want him completely fit before making a decision. With only 70-80% fitness at present, there’s a possibility he can skip the next match against India. However, there are more chances that he will play, and the final decision will depend on the upcoming practice session.

Player Replacement for Shakib: Who will step in if the team captain is unfit to play?

World Cup 2023: Will Shakib Al Hasan Be Available for the Big Match Against India After Injury?
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If Shakib Al Hasan can’t play, Mahedi Hasan might replace him. Mahedi, distinguished as a right off-spinner, is also known for his exceptional fielding skills and batting prowess. Having played 9 ODIs, he has scored 103 runs and taken 12 wickets. In the last game against England, he showcased his talent by claiming 4 crucial wickets, solidifying his position as the primary contender to step into Shakib’s shoes.

Who Will Lead in Shakib Al Hasan’s Absence?

World Cup 2023: Will Shakib Al Hasan Be Available for the Big Match Against India After Injury?
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If Shakib Al Hasan is unable to play, the reins of the team will be handed to vice-captain Najmul Shanto. With a track record of 974 runs in 33 matches, Shanto is a formidable player, despite his recent struggles in the World Cup, barring a notable 59-run performance against Afghanistan. As anticipation builds regarding Shanto’s potential leadership, the question arises, how will he handle the responsibility, and will Shakib make a comeback? The unfolding scenario promises an enthralling spectacle for fans and critics alike.

Predicted Bangladesh Playing XI

Tanzid Tamim, Litton Das, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nazmul Hossain Shanto(C), Mahedi Hasan, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman.

Note: The playing 11 would be like this if Shakib is not fully fit. If he plays, he will replace Mahedi Hasan and also take over the captaincy.

Conclusion

As Bangladesh is getting for a crucial clash against India in the World Cup, the uncertainty surrounding Shakib Al Hasan’s fitness looms large. While team director Khaled Mahmud remains optimistic, the team’s cautious approach underscores the criticality of Shakib’s long-term well-being. With Mahedi Hasan positioned as the potential replacement and Najmul Shanto ready to step in as vice-captain, the upcoming match poses a moment of anticipation and intrigue, as fans eagerly await the outcome of this crucial encounter.

 

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