India allrounder Vijay Shankar has been ruled out of the ICC world cup with a fractured toe. Mayank Agarwal is announced as Shankar’s replacement and is set to join the squad later this week. India has two more group-stage matches left against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

BCCI media release stated the following-

"Vijay was struck on the left big toe whilst batting in the nets on June 19 in Southampton. He was able to play in an unrestricted manner in the following two matches against Afghanistan and West Indies. Following the match on June 27, the condition of his toe worsened and a CT scan showed he sustained a non-displaced fracture of the left big toe. The condition will require a minimum of three weeks to heal. The injury rules him out of the ongoing World Cup,"

BCCI Media Relaese

Vijay was stuck by a yorker from Jasprit Bumrah in training on June 19th. However, the injury was not considered lethal at first and Vijay went on to play matches against Afghanistan on June 22 and West Indies on June 27. But the severity of the injury increased on Friday, 2 days before the match against England. On the match eve, he missed the training session and was replaced by Rishabh Pant on Sunday against England.

Image-Vijay Shankar In Traning

The selection of Agarwal ahead of Ambati Rayudu in the side raise some eyebrows. However, selectors can be looking for a new opener with KL Rahul seemingly injured in the match against England. Rahul spent the majority of the first innings off the field with a back injury while attempting a catch. But Rahul did come out to bat in the second innings and was dismissed for a duck in 9 balls.

Agarwal is yet to make his one-day international debut, he made his Test debut last year against Australia last year in December. Agarwal has been a prolific List A batsman for Karnataka, scoring 3605 runs with an average of 48.71 in 75 innings which includes 12 centuries.

Image-Mayank Agarwal in a Domestic match

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