At the toss, captain Virat Kohli had said Rishabh Pant has replaced Shankar, who has a toe niggle. It can be recalled that Shankar was hit on his toe by a Jasprit Bumrah yorker during practice
Birmingham: India were dealt with another huge blow as all-rounder Vijay Shankar was ruled out of the remainder of the ICC World Cup 2019. Karnataka opener Mayank Agarwal is likely to join the Indian team in England.
News agency IANS reported that the 28-year-old Shankar will not be available for the rest of the 10-team tournament. The Tamil Nadu right-hander had missed Sunday’s (June 30) game against England due to a toe niggle.
"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," a senior BCCI official told PTI.
Later, BCCI, in a statement, said, "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."
At the toss on Sunday, captain Virat Kohli had said Rishabh Pant has replaced Shankar, who has a toe niggle. It can be recalled that Shankar was hit on his toe by a Jasprit Bumrah yorker during practice.
India are already without opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, who was ruled out of the World Cup 2019 due to a fractured thumb. The left-hander was replaced by Pant.
Shankar, who batted at the much-debated number four position, was under scrutiny after not utilising his chances. However, Kohli had backed him. But now he won’t be part of the 15-man squad to impress his skipper.
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"So you can't really sit down and pinpoint things. But I personally felt that he (Shankar) looked really solid. There's not much that needs to be tinkered with. Sometimes in cricket you just need a bit of luck to get over from 30 to 60, and then you play a defining knock for the team. He's very close to that, and we're very confident that he's going to end up playing that kind of knock for us," Kohli had said on the eve of England match.
Shankar played three matches at the ongoing World Cup. He took a wicket with his first ball in the tournament, when he dismissed Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman on June 16 in Manchester. He scored 15 not out and took 2/22 against Pakistan. Later, he was part of India's winning teams against Afghanistan and West Indies where he scored 29 and 14 respectively. So far, he has played 12 ODIs and nine T20Is for India.
India endured their first loss in the World Cup 2019 as they were beaten by hosts England by 31 runs at Edgbaston. India's next match is against Bangladesh on Tuesday (July 2).
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