Vijay Shankar ruled out of ICC World Cup 2019 due to toe injury (Image Credit: Twitter)
The India all-rounder Vijay Shankar is ruled out of ICC World Cup 2019 after sustaining a toe injury prior to the encounter against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham. The middle-order batsman Mayank Agarwal, who has featured in Tests for India, is likely to replace him into the squad if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) gets approval from International Cricket Council (ICC). It is reported, that Mayank Agarwal is asked to join ahead of the clash against Bangladesh.
Vijay Shankar featured in three games for India and managed to score 58 runs at an average of 29. He also scalped two important wickets against the arch-rivals Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester. His contribution on and off the field will certainly be missed by India. Mayank Agarwal, on the other hand, will be playing his first ICC 50-over tournament and will look to utilize his Indian Premier League (IPL) form in the games to come. However, with the playing XI looking settled, it looks highly unlikely that Mayank Agarwal will feature in the games to come.
Earlier in the tournament, the moustache rolling southpaw Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the World Cup after sustaining a thumb injury. The wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who featured in five one-day Internationals for India, replaced him into the side and also played his first World Cup game against England. Meanwhile, India will play their next game against Bangladesh at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Indian team is currently placed at the second position with 11 points and need one win in their remaining two games to secure a semi-final berth.