World Cup: India's Vijay Shankar ruled out of tournament due to toe injury

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: Jul 01, 2019, 01.58 PM(IST)

Vijay Shankar. Photograph:( AFP )

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It is expected that Agarwal’s name will be approved by the ICC's tournament technical committee

India received another major blow as all-rounder Vijay Shankar has been ruled out of the Cricket World Cup 2019 owing to a toe injury. 

Shankar had suffered the injury when Jasprit Bumrah's ball hit him during a net session. It had not looked very serious but it looks to have been aggravated.

India have requested governing body International Cricket Council to approve Mayank Agarwal as Shankar's replacement.

"Vijay Shankar sustained a non-displaced fracture of the left big toe, which will require a minimum of three weeks to heal," the team said in a statement.

"The injury rules him out of the ongoing World Cup.

"The Indian team management has requested the ICC to consider Mayank Agarwal as his replacement."

Originally picked to play at the number four batting spot, Shankar has managed scores of 15 not out, 29 and 14 in his three matches in the tournament. 

In India's group match against England on Sunday, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant had replaced Shankar and made his World Cup debut. 

Pant flew in to join the squad two weeks ago as a replacement for India's first choice opener Shikhar Dhawan after he fractured his hand. 

"Vijay Shankar has a toe niggle, Rishabh Pant is in. He brings in a lot of fearlessness. Once he gets to 20, then he's unstoppable," Kohli had said. 

In India's group match against Pakistan, Vijay Shankar had impressed with his bowling talent when on his first ball, he had opener Imam-ul-Haq lbw for seven. 

He became the fourth cricketer to take a wicket off his very first World Cup delivery.

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