BCCI announced that Vijay Shankar has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament owing to a toe injury which he incurred during a practice session when Jasprit Bumrah bowled a yorker at him. Surprisingly he incurred this injury before India versus West Indies match but at that time it wasn’t considered that serious. He went on to play a game after that and possibly that is what made it so worse. It’s a fractured toe and sadly the all-rounder has to leave the tournament in between.
Shankar has been receiving quite a lot of backlash and it has been really pressurising for him. Former cricketer Ajit Agarkar stated that the impact of the injury could have gotten worse with the fact that Shankar played a game just after it though it did not look that bad when he carried drinks in India’s last game which was against England. Moreover, no one even knew that he was injured before BCCI announced it. He also said that sometimes players get stress reactions owing to the fact that Shankar has faced a lot of criticism in the past few days. Shankar was a key player in India’s match against Pakistan where he took a 2 wicket haul when he replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar to complete Kumar’s unfinished over. Kumar has also missed last 3 games due to his hamstring injury.
BCCI has named Mayank Agarwal as Shankar’s replacement. Agarwal is a right-handed batsman and made his debut for the Indian test side back in December 2018 against Australia. He ended up scoring 76 which is the second-highest score by a debutant Indian cricketer in Australia. Agarwal’s wild card entry has been a matter of astonishment as he still has not played a single one-day international match. Fans have been questioning this decision and Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayadu as better replacement options have been trending on social media.
Let’s look at Agarwal’s stats so far.