World Cup: Mayank Agarwal to replace injured Vijay Shanker

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Birmingham, July 1: India Test opener and Karnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal has been included in the India’s World Cup squad as a replacement for the injured all-rounder Vijay Shankar.

Vijay Shanker was benched against England due to a toe injury suffered while batting against Jasprit Bumrah in the nets ahead of India’s encounter against Afghanistan at Southampton.

After fitness tests the following day, Vijay was cleared to play the game on June 22. He scored 29 in 41 balls but wasn’t called upon to bowl. He also played subsequently against West Indies in Manchester where he made 14 but didn’t bowl again.

However, he seems to have aggravated the injury over the week. He did not participate in the optional practise session on the eve of the match against England, and was subsequently left out of the XI for the game. A day later, he has been ruled out of the competition.

Karnataka opener Agarwal, 28, who made his Test debut against Australia last year, has not yet played in the ODI format.

“Vijay Shankar 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 Indian team management informed the media on Monday (July 1) morning.

“The Indian team management has requested the ICC to consider Mayank Agarwal as his replacement,” the team official informed.

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