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IND vs BAN, World Cup 2023: Shakib Al Hasan Is 'Getting Better' And 'Hopeful' For India Clash

As he recovers from his quadriceps injury, Bangladesh is hoping that Shakib Al Hasan would play against India; nevertheless, the doctor and physiotherapist will make the final decision.

In preparation for their forthcoming ODI World Cup 2023 match against India in Pune on Thursday, October 19, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan says he is "pain-free" and optimistic.

Shakib's quadriceps suffered a grade I injury during the match in Chennai versus New Zealand. Whether or not the all-rounder plays against India will depend on how well he does in the nets on Tuesday.

"Shakib is improving. He has no discomfort. However, when he hits the nets tomorrow, we will be aware of the entire situation. He'll run between the wickets as well. We're hoping he can compete against India. He engaged in some upper-body exercise in the gym today in addition to a swimming session. Tomorrow's scan will provide us with more insight into his condition, according to a statement made by Bangladesh Team director Khaled Mahmud, which was reported by ESPNcricinfor.

In 50 overs, Shakib scored 40 runs and Mushfiqur Rahim scored 66 to lead Bangladesh to 245/9. Along with giving up 54 runs in his ten overs, he claimed one wicket.

With an undefeated 89* from Daryl Mitchell and a 78* from Kane Williamson before to suffering a left thumb injury, New Zealand defeated Bangladesh by eight wickets.

Mahmud stated unequivocally that the physiotherapist and doctor will make the final decision on Shakib's prospects of playing against India since they do not want to jeopardise their top player in the major competition.

"These injuries typically cause excruciating pain. Even to walk around is difficult. Shakib is doing fine. It's inspiring hope in us. Shakib wants to play, so we're also optimistic if he's 85–90% healthy, as he was in the previous game following his injury. However, that relies on his total fitness," he stated.

"After playing one more game, we don't want him to miss the remainder of the competition. There are still six games to play. Call the doctor and physiotherapist. Long-term trouble is not what we want to cause him. He'll play if the physio gives the all-clear," Mahmud continued.

Bangladesh, who have only won once in their last three games, are ranked seventh in the points standings. India, on the other side, leads the standings after winning three straight games and remain undefeated in the competition.