T20 World Cup 2021: Liam Livingstone in doubt to play England’s opening match due to finger injury

Liam Livingstone, England’s all-rounder, is doubtful to participate in the team’s T20 World Cup opener. In the warm-up match against India, the 27-year-old sustained a finger injury and he left off with the physio to address his little finger on the left hand as soon as he caught Ishan Kishan while fielding in the mid-wicket position.

His condition will be examined over the following 24 hours, and a decision will be made on whether he is fit to play in the team’s first encounter against the West Indies on Saturday (October 23). The all-rounder contributed 30 runs and took the wicket of skipper Virat Kohli for 11 runs in a superb performance with both bat and ball.

Despite the fact that England lost the match, Livingstone performed admirably. Recently, the hard-hitting player has been on a roll. During the inaugural edition of the Hundred, he was awarded MVP of the season after scoring England’s quickest T20I century against Pakistan. The selectors chose him for the showpiece event because of his outstanding performances. With this unexpected blow, it’s unclear whether Livingstone will be able to play against the West Indies in time.

In terms of the contest, India won their warm-up game to kick off their campaign. Given that the team rested a few players and tried some new combinations that worked out, it was a good win. For starts, Ravi Ashwin was the game’s most economical bowler, allowing only 5.8 runs per over.

Mohammed Shami was the most successful bowler, taking three wickets. Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali, who scored 49 and 43 respectively, helped England bat brilliantly and reach a massive total of 188. In response, India got off to a flying start, as openers Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul put on a key 82-run stand, laying the foundation for a magnificent triumph. Rahul hit a superb 51 off just 24 balls, while the southpaw scored an enterprising 70.