Vijay Shankar’s ICC World Cup campaign has come to a disappointing end as the all-rounder has been ruled out of the remaining of the tournament due to a toe injury sustained during practice. He is likely to be replaced by opening batsman Mayank Agarwal.
The Karnataka opener made a great start to his international career, playing a stellar role in India’s Test series win in Australia at the start of the year. Interesting thing is that Agarwal was not first choice for that tour, just like the World Cup, and was brought into the squad after an injury to Prithvi Shaw.
Agarwal is yet to make his ODI debut for India. Vijay Shankar has had a below par showing in the tournament so far, failing to make his mark at the number 4 position. Shankar made a bright start to the tournament, scoring an unbeaten 15 against Pakistan and also picked up a wicket with his first ball. But it has been downhill since, as he contributed 29 and 14 against Afghanistan and West Indies respectively.
According to BCCI officials, Vijay got hit on the toe by a Jasprit Bumrah delivery once again. His situation is not great and he won’t be able to take part in the tournament. He is going back home. Shankar was left out of India’s last game against England due to the same toe injury. Rishabh Pant was handed his World Cup debut, who batted at No. 4 and scored 32 runs on Sunday.
Vijay Shankar’s inclusion in the World Cup squad sparked a controversy as middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu, considered a firm favourite for the number 4 slot, expressed his frustration on being overlooked in public. This prompted chief selector MSK Prasad to come out in defence of the decision to include Shankar.