Mayank Agarwal replaces injured Dhawan in India’s ODI squad

Mayank Agarwal, Shikhar Dhawan, West Indies tour of India, Ranji Trophy, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, third T20I
Mayank Agarwal, who is currently playing Ranji Trophy match against Tamil Nadu in Dindigul, will join the national team in Chennai before the first game. Photo: PTI

India’s southpaw Shikhar Dhawan was on Wednesday (December 11) replaced by opener Mayank Agarwal in the ODI squad against West Indies since he has not yet recovered from his knee injury.

While playing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy game against Maharashtra in Surat, Dhawan suffered a deep cut on his left knee due to which he was subsequently ruled out of the ongoing three-match T20 series.

“The BCCI Medical Team feels that while Dhawan’s stitches are off and his wound is healing gradually, he still needs some more time before he regains full match fitness,” the BCCI said in a statement.

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“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Mayank Agarwal as a replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan in India’s squad for the upcoming series against West Indies,” it added.

The Karnataka batsman, who is currently playing Ranji Trophy match against Tamil Nadu in Dindigul, will join the national team in Chennai before the first game.

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The team management is keen on Agarwal translating his stupendous Test performance into the ODI arena was first reported by PTI on November 18.

However, with in-form KL Rahul also in the ODI side to partner vice-captain Rohit Sharma, Agarwal may have to wait for his white-ball debut unless someone gets injured.

Agarwal had earlier come in as a late replacement for injured Vijay Shankar during the ODI World Cup in England but didn’t get a game.

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

India will play three ODIs against the West Indies in Chennai (December 15), Visakhapatnam (December 18) and Cuttack (December 22).

India’s revised squad for three ODIs: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice-Captain), 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.

(With inputs from agencies)

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