Vijay Shankar ruled out of the World Cup because of a toe injury, Mayank Agarwal comes in as a replacement
Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar has been ruled out of the rest of the ICC World Cup 2019, because of a toe injury.
Shankar, who missed the match on Sunday against England, had a toe niggle during the training, as stated by skipper Virat Kohli during the toss.
Although the injury did not look serious back then, it apparently aggravated.
Shankar sustains a non-displaced fracture on left toe
“Vijay 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,” the BCCI was quoted as saying in a media release.
Mayank Agarwal announced as replacement
The BCCI has sought permission from the ICC for a replacement. After being granted the request, it would announce opening batsman Mayank Agarwal as Shankar’s replacement for the tournament. Mayank, who made his Test debut in Australia last year, is yet to play in ODIs.
Mayank as replacement would push Rahul back to number four
“Vijay got hit on the toe by a Jasprit Bumrah delivery once again. He won’t be able to take part in the tournament,” a BCCI official said.
Mayank was sought as a replacement, as he is an opener.
“Also, it might give Rahul a chance to get back to the number four in case Pant fails in the next two games.”
Why Mayank got the nod ahead of Ambati Rayudu?
Prior to this announcement, Ambati Rayudu was one of the strong contenders to come in as the next replacement among batsmen.
However, he was neglected, despite a fair IPL 2019 campaign.
The primary reason could be that his performance had diminished towards the latter phase of the tournament. Also, since the idea was to get a proper opener, Mayank qualified naturally.