World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar Out Due to Injury, Mayank Agarwal Set to Join Squad

All-rounder Vijay Shankar has been ruled out of the World Cup with a toe injury. While the blow at the nets off Jasprit Bumrah hadnt looked very serious to start with, it looks to have been aggravated.

Shankar has been ruled out and the BCCI may now make a formal request to the ICC to call in a replacement.

“Vijay got hit on the toe by a Jasprit Bumrah delivery once again. His situation is not great and he won’t be able to take part in the tournament. He is going back home,” a senior BCCI official revealed.

Shankar is likely to be replaced in the squad by Karnataka opener Mayank Agarwal, who made his Test debut against Australia last year, has not yet played in the ODI format.

Agarwal will join the team in Birmingham where India is scheduled to play a match against Bangladesh on July 2.

The team has two matches left (vs Bangladesh & vs Sri Lanka) and any one win will see them through.

Meanwhile, even as Agrawal joins the team late on Monday (UK time) there is no word yet on whether he will be considered for the playing XI. The young Rishabh pant who had been flown in as replacement to the injured Shikhar Dhawan, had earlier replaced Vijay Shankar for the much talked about number 4 slot.

It is likely that going into the match against Bangladesh, the team management will continue with pant at number 4 and introduce all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in the 11 in place of an ineffective Kedar Jadhav.


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