All-rounder Vijay Shankar ruled out of World Cup, Mayank Agarwal named replacement

India have suffered a setback of sorts as All-rounder Vijay Shankar has been ruled out of Cricket World Cup due to a toe injury. Opening batsman Mayank Agarwal has been named as a replacement in India’s 15-member squad.

Mayank Agarwal made his Test cricket debut for India in Australia last year. The 28-year old has not played any white-ball cricket for India. Agarwal has produced impressive numbers in his List-A career and scored 3605 runs in 75 matches at an average of 48.71. He has scored twelve centuries in List-A cricket.

BCCI’s official statement stated that Vijay Shankar has suffered from a fracture on his left toe which will take approximately three weeks to recover. Unfortunately, Shankar has been ruled out of the ongoing Cricket World Cup 2019. The team management and selection committee picked Mayank Agarwal as the ideal candidate to replace injured Vijay Shankar in India’s World Cup squad.

BCCI Official also said that all-rounder Vijay Shankar was struck hard on the toe by a searing yorker produced by Jaspreet Bumrah during the practice session. He was in quite discomfort and will be immediately go back to India after suffering from a toe injury.

Mayank Agarwal has the ability to open the innings if in case Lokesh Rahul continues to produce low scores in the next couple off matches. He could also be slotted into the middle-order if Rishabh Pant fails to deliver with the bat in the next two matches.

Vijay Shankar did produce decent numbers with bat and ball in the Cricket World Cup.  He also made crucial runs against Australia and Afghanistan. The name of Agarwal as a replacement is going to be approved by ICC’S World Cup technical committee.

India suffered their first defeat of the World Cup at the hands of England in a game played at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. Their next fixture is against Bangladesh at this same venue on Tuesday.

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