The International Cricket Council has confirmed Mayank Agarwal as the replacement for injured Vijay Shankar. The Tamil Nadu all-rounder was ruled out with a toe fracture and didn’t play in the last match against England. Shankar could not grab his opportunity as he scored only 58 runs in the three innings he played in the tournament.
The right-hander scored his runs at an average of 29 and strike rate of 77.33. On the other hand, Mayank Agarwal has been roped in as a replacement. Agarwal is yet to make his ODI debut and thus he is a surprise selection by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. The talisman right-hander has played two Test matches against Australia and had impressed on his debut at Melbourne on the tour Down Under.
It would be a great opportunity for the Karnataka batsman.
In fact, Mayank Agarwal had a miraculous domestic season where he scored a truckload of runs.
“Vijay Shankarsustained 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 Indian team management has requested the ICC to consider Mayank Agarwal as his replacement,” a BCCI source told ANI.
Meanwhile, Vijay Shankar had impressed on his World Cup debut against arch-rivals Pakistan. Shankar had struck on the very first ball he bowled as he was able to plumb Imam-ul-Haq in front of the wickets.
Furthermore, he returned with the figures of two wickets after scoring unbeaten 15 runs. However, Shankar could not grab his opportunity with the bat in the next two matches.
Virat Kohli confirmed that Shankar had a toe injury at the toss time against England. However, Shankar was seen carrying drinks for the team.
On the other hand, it would be a great opportunity for Mayank Agarwal if he gets a chance in the playing XI. India will play their next match against Bangladesh at Edgbaston, Birmingham on 6th July.