Mayank Agarwal to replace Vijay Shankar in India squad, Vijay Shankar ruled out of tournament with toe injury, return home. India skipper Virat Kohli had informed at the toss during the England game on Sunday that Vijay Shankar had a toe niggle and the signs weren’t too good. At a time when questions were being raised about Vijay Shankar place in India’s World Cup squad, the BCCI seems to have missed a trick by announcing Mayank Agarwal’s name as his replacement.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved Mayank Agarwal as replacement for Vijay Shankar who was ruled out of the India squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. India’s list of the walking wounded got one more addition as allrounder Vijay Shankar was ruled out of the World Cup, following a toe injury he suffered in the lead-up to the England game at Edgbaston on Sunday. India have two more matches remaining in the group phase, against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on July 2 and July 6 respectively, and need to win at least one to guarantee their semi-final spot.
“Vijay Shankar sustained a non-displaced fracture of the left big toe, which will require a minimum of three weeks to heal. The injury rules him out of the ongoing World Cup,” stated the BCCI in an official statement on July 1, 2019. “The Indian team management is likely to ask for Mayank Agarwal as replacement since he is an opener and also it might give KL Rahul a chance to get back to the No.4 position in case Rishabh Pant fails in the next two games,” the source added.
All-rounder Shankar has been ruled out of further participation in the event due to a toe injury sustained during a training session. Twenty eight-year-old Agarwal, a top-order batsman, has played two Tests but is yet to play an ODI,” a BCCI press release said. The 28-year-old Mayank Agarwal will replace Vijay Shankar in the Indian World Cup squad. They still need to win against the Tigers, or in their final match against Sri Lanka, to guarantee a place in the semi-finals.