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ICC World Cup 2019 | Vijay Shankar Out of World Cup, Mayank Agarwal Set to Join Squad

Cricketnext Staff |July 2, 2019, 8:09 AM IST
ICC World Cup 2019 | Vijay Shankar Out of World Cup, Mayank Agarwal Set to Join Squad

Birmingham: Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar was on Monday (July 1) ruled out of the ongoing World Cup due to a toe injury and will be replaced by Mayank Agarwal. Vijay was struck on the toe  on June 19 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 was struck on the left big toe whilst batting in the nets on June 19th 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," a BCCI release said on Monday.

"The condition will require a minimum of three weeks to heal. The injury rules him out of the ongoing World Cup.

"The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Mr Mayank Agarwal as Vijay Shankar's replacement following a request from the Indian team management for a suitable top-order batsman," the release added.

Agarwal's name was approved by the ICC's tournament technical committee and the player will arrive in Birmingham and travel to Leeds subsequently. India lost their previous match to England by 31 runs here on Sunday and will take on Bangladesh at the same venue on Tuesday.

"The International Cricket Council has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC World Cup 2019 has approved Mayank Agarwal as a replacement player for Vijay Shankar in the India squad for the remainder of the tournament," an ICC release added.

Mayank Agarwal bats during the Sydney Test against Australia. (Pic: AFP) Mayank Agarwal bats during the Sydney Test against Australia. (Pic: AFP)

Karnataka opener Agarwal made his Test debut last year for India against Australia after replacing first-choice Prithvi Shaw, who was ruled out due to injury. Agarwal managed to score 195 runs in the two Tests with two half-centuries in Melbourne and Sydney Tests.

The 28-year-old has impressive record in the shorter format of the game as well. In domestic 50-over cricket, Agarwal averages 48.71 from 75 games with a strike-rate of 100.72 with 12 centuries and 14 fifties.

In 13 games for Kings XI Punjab in IPL-12, Agarwal managed to notch up 332 runs with two half-centuries at a strike-rate of 141.88. An aggressive opener with a solid technique, Agarwal could be paired to open with Rohit Sharma so that Karnataka teammate Rahul can come down the order to the No. 4 position if India's struggle to find the right batsman for the position continues.

Agarwal was not initially named as part of five replacements by the Indian selectors for the World Cup. The list included Pant, who has replaced injured Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Axar Patel, Navdeep Saini and Ishant Sharma. However, teams are allowed to make changes out of this list of replacements subject to approval by ICC technical committee.

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Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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