Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar was on Monday ruled out of the ongoing World Cup due to a toe injury and is likely to be replaced by Mayank Agarwal.
“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,” the BCCI said in a statement.
“The Indian team management has requested the ICC to consider Mayank Agarwal as his replacement.”
Karnataka opener Agarwal, 28, who made his Test debut against Australia last year, has not yet played in the ODI format.
“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 said.
“The Indian team is asking 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.
In fact, Rohit Sharma had mentioned Shankar’s injury but it was presumed to be an old hit that he took at Southampton.
It is expected that Agarwal’s name will be approved by the ICC’s tournament technical committee and the player will arrive in Birmingham and travel to Leeds subsequently.
India lost its previous match to England by 31 runs here on Sunday and will take on Bangladesh at the same venue on Tuesday.
Rohit Sharma had explained the injury that ruled out Vijay Shankar on the morning of the contest: “There is no uncertainty with regard to the number four position, Vijay Shankar was supposed to play but before the game he got hit on the toe by Jasprit (Bumrah) and he wasn’t fit. Every team will have these one or two changes happening every now and then.”