Bangladesh’s Cricket World Cup campaign has been marred by the unfortunate injury of their captain, Shakib Al Hasan, who sustained a fracture to his left index finger during their controversial three-wicket victory over Sri Lanka on Monday. The all-rounder’s injury casts a shadow over his participation in the Tigers’ final group game against Australia in Pune this Saturday.
Semi-final Hopes Dashed
Despite a spirited performance, Bangladesh’s hopes for a spot in the semi-finals have been dashed. However, the team remains determined to secure a top-eight finish, ensuring qualification for the prestigious 2025 Champions Trophy.
Shakib’s injury follows a controversial incident during the match, involving the timed out dismissal of Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews. Despite protests from Mathews regarding a delayed dismissal due to a broken chinstrap, Shakib’s decision to uphold the dismissal drew attention. The skipper, displaying remarkable resilience, went on to score 82 runs before sustaining the injury.
Recovery and Rehabilitation
Bangladesh’s team physio, Bayjedul Islam Khan, provided insights into Shakib’s condition, stating, “Shakib was struck on his left index finger early in his innings but continued to bat with supportive taping and painkillers.” Further, an emergency X-ray in Delhi confirmed the fracture on the left PIP joint, estimating a recovery period of three to four weeks. Shakib will soon depart for Bangladesh to begin his rehabilitation process.
Despite the setback, the team and fans are hopeful for Shakib’s swift recovery, emphasizing the skipper’s vital role and contribution to the team’s performance.