Vijay Shankar’s World Cup journey has come to a premature end owing to a toe injury which he succumbed in training. As a result, Mayank Agarwal will travel to join the squad for the rest of the competition.
The injury, which was caused due to a crushing yorker by Jasprit Bumrah in the net sessions, will require a minimum of three weeks to recover which leaves him out for the tournament.
BCCI released a statement earlier verifying the situation surrounding Shankar and the replacement for the all-rounder. The media release stated:
“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 injury aggravated just before the game against England and he also missed the optional training match which was scheduled on the match day.
Mayank Agarwal is named as the replacement for the all-rounder ahead of Ambati Rayudu. The Karnataka batsman earlier made his test debut late last year in Melbourne when he was called in for the injured Prithvi Shaw.
Agarwal has been churning out runs in the domestic circuit and could well on go to play a crucial role for the team at the top of the order with KL Rahul succumbing a lower back injury and being out of form as well.