Opening batsman Mayank Agarwal is likely to replace Vijay Shankar in the ICC World Cup 2019 tournament due to a toe injury sustained during a practice match.
The Karnataka opener Agarwal, who is yet to make his debut in ODI format for India, had a great start to his international career by playing a crucial role in India’s Test win in Australia at the beginning of the year.
A senior BCCI official said, “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.”
Due to same toe injury, Shankar had to opt out of India’s last game against England.
Making his World Cup debut on Sunday, Rishabh Pant batted at Number 4 and scored 32 runs.
“The Indian team management is likely to ask for Mayank Agarwal as replacement since he is an opener and also it might give KL Rahul a chance to get back to the No.4 position in case Rishabh Pant fails in the next two games,” said the source.
It is expected that ICC’s tournament technical committee will approve Agarwal’s name and is likely to arrive in Birmingham and then travel to Leeds.
On Sunday, India lost to England by 31 runs and will play against Bangladesh on Tuesday at the same venue.