Pakistan’s star all-rounder, Shadab Khan, is making a positive recovery following an injury while fielding during a crucial World Cup match against South Africa.
In the must-win game, Shadab Khan sustained the injury while trying to save runs. Fortunately, he left the field without needing a stretcher, easing concerns about the severity of his condition.
The incident occurred during South Africa’s chase in the first over of the innings. Shadab was fielding as South Africa’s innings began, and he got injured while securing a run.
In the same match, Pakistan batted first but managed to score only 270 runs before being all out in 46.3 overs. Saud Shakeel and skipper Babar Azam both played crucial roles by scoring fifty runs each.
South Africa’s chase for 271 runs has just begun, making it essential for Pakistan to bowl well and defend their total in this must-win game. Shadab Khan’s impending return to the field is a welcome sign for Pakistan’s team and fans.
However, a day before the match several Pakistan cricketers decided to skip the training session on Thursday. Out of the 15 members of the World Cup squad, only 8, along with three reserve squad members, participated in the training session at the Chidambaram Stadium. The remaining 7 players, including fast bowlers Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Hasan Ali, chose to rest to avoid fatigue in preparation for the high-stakes match.
Several key players, including wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan, all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz, spinner Usama Mir, and opener Abdullah Shafiq, were among those who opted for a break. However, captain Babar Azam and Shadab Khan put in around two hours of practice during the session.
Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, and Wasim Jnr, along with Zaman Khan, Abrar Ahmed, and Mohammad Haris, were the players present at the optional training session.