CWC 2019: Vijay Shankar ruled out, Mayank set to join
In the latest development, India’s all-rounder Vijay Shankar has been ruled out of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 due to a toe injury. While the blow at the nets off Jasprit Bumrah didn’t really look so serious to start with, but now it seems to have got from bad to worse.
Speaking to news agency IANS, some sources privy to the developments said that Vijay Shankar has been ruled out and that India’s governing body Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may now make a request to the International cricket body ICC to call in a replacement.
Mayank Agarwal is the likely replacement:
If sources are to be believed, then Mayank Aggarwal is the likely replacement. “There are unconfirmed reports that Vijay Shankar is out of the World Cup. Mayank Agarwal sought as a replacement,” The Indian Express editor tweeted.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli had earlier informed at the toss during the game against England on Sunday that Vijay Shankar picked up a toe niggle and that the initial signs weren’t too good and this was why Rishabh Pant was asked to play.
“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.
Speaking on the eve of the England encounter, Kohli showered his praises on Vijay Shankar and said: “So you can’t really sit down and pinpoint things. But I personally felt that he (Shankar) looked really solid. There’s not much that needs to be tinkered with. Sometimes in cricket, you just need a bit of luck to get over from 30 to 60, and then you play a defining knock for the team. He’s very close to that, and we’re very confident that he’s going to end up playing that kind of knock for us.”