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Mayank Agarwal replaces Injured Shikhar Dhawan in India’s ODI squad against West Indies

Mayank Agarwal replaces Shikhar Dhawan for ODI series against West Indies

The selectors have drafted in Mayank Agarwal in the squad for the 3-match ODI series versus the West Indies. Shikhar Dhawan’s left knee was impacted by a deep cut while in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match versus Maharashtra at Surat. He missed out on the T20I series against the West Indies as a result of this injury. Dhawan, who turned 34 years old on December 5, was replaced by Kerala wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson in the T20I series.

Samson was in the squad for the T20I series against Bangladesh, which India won 2-1. However, he did not play a single match and was dropped for the West Indies series.

Shikhar Dhwaan’s stitches have come off but the wound is recovering slowly. He will still require more time before getting back into the middle as per reports issued by the BCCI’s Medical Team.

This has opened the door into the Indian ODI team for Karnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal.  He has been scoring runs by the dozens in Test matches for India and also other limited-overs matches in the domestic circuit. Agarwal scored two double hundreds and a hundred in the Test Series matches against Bangladesh and South Africa while he made a vital 69 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy against Tamil Nadu. Karnataka eventually won the title while Agarwal also piled on a hundred for India C in the Deodhar Trophy against India A.

Also Read: India vs West Indies T20I, ODI Series 2019 Schedule

The 28-year-old from Bengaluru has been a revelation in the Test arena with 872 runs in 9 Tests matches, including 3 centuries and as many half-centuries at an average of over 67.

Mayank Agarwal was previously lined up as a replacement for Vijay Shankar during the ICC World Cup 2019 although he did not play in any match. The 28-year old opening batsman has already notched up 3,869 runs in List-A cricket with a good average of 50.90 and 13 hundreds. He also has 15 fifties under his belt.

Mayank Agarwal is currently playing for Karnataka in the first round of Ranji Trophy 2019-20 against Tamil Nadu in Dindigul. He will miss at least the second round of Ranji Trophy matches starting on 17 December.

The 3-match ODI series against the West Indies commences from 15th December, 2019 and the first game will be played at Chennai. The second and third matches are scheduled for the 18th and 22nd of December, 2019, respectively. They will be played at Visakhapatnam and Cuttack respectively.

India’s revised squad for 3 ODIs against West Indies

Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

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