The young right-handed batsman Mayank Agarwal finally receives the call-up to feature for India in the ODI format of the game. Earlier, he received the call-up to appear for India in ICC World Cup 2019, now, after six months, he once again earned the call to represent India in ODI matches. He replaced Shikhar Dhawan, who injured his knee during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Shikhar Dhawan failed to recover from his knee injury and Test opener Mayank Agarwal replaces the opener in the upcoming three-match ODI series against the West Indies. India will play three ODIs against the West Indies in Chennai (December 15), Visakhapatnam (December 18) and Cuttack (December 22).
Shikhar Dhawan needs time to regain fitness – BCCI Medical Team
Mayank, who is currently playing the Ranji Trophy match against Tamil Nadu in Dindigul, will join the national team in Chennai before the first game. The flamboyant batsman would like to display his calibre in the middle to make things fall in place for India. But, with KL Rahul in the side, it will be tough for Mayank Agarwal to break into the playing XI unless the team management considers KL Rahul to play in the middle-order.
“While Dhawan’s stitches are off and his wound is healing gradually, he still needs some more time before he regains full match fitness” – BCCI Medical Team.
Mayank Agarwal along with Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill were the three choices that the selection committee had. But team management felt that Mayank’s List A record of 50 plus average and 100 plus strike rate with 13 centuries is good enough to try him out in this format.
Digging out his stats, Mayank Agarwal scored 3869 runs in his 79 appearances in List A Matches. During those scintillating performances, Mayank Agarwal managed to maintain an average of 50.90, which include 13 centuries and 15 half-centuries.