Mayank Agarwal replaces injured Shikhar Dhawan for West Indies ODIs

Tanya Simon
December 12, 2019

India's Test opener Mayank Agarwal is likely to replace Shikhar Dhawan in the upcoming three-match ODI series against the West Indies after the senior batsman failed to recover from his knee injury.

Earlier, according to a report in The Hindu, Dhawan injured his left knee while playing for Delhi in a match against Maharashtra in the first Super League match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

The two teams will now play three one-day internationals on December 15 (Chennai), December 18 (Visakhapatnam) and December 22 (Cuttack). "Dhawan is now undergoing rehabilitation", a senior BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

Agarwal, who is now 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 management is keen to see Mayank translating his stupendous Test performance into the ODI arena.

Kohli struck seven maximums in a blistering unbeaten knock of 70 off 29 balls, while KL Rahul (91 off 56 balls) and Rohit Sharma (71 off 34) shared nine of their own as India racked up 240-3 off their 20 overs. He was called in as a replacement for the injured Vijay Shankar mid-way through the World Cup, but did not make it to the playing XI. "Mayank along with Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill were the three choices that the selection committee had".

The 32-year-old created the record when he smashed a Sheldon Cottrell delivery in the third over towards deep midwicket for the first maximum of the match after West Indies won the toss and asked India to bat first.

The source also went on to say that the selectors discussed the names of Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill along with the Karnataka lad.

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