Mayank Agarwal replaces injured Shikhar Dhawan for India's ODI clashes against Windies

Sport360 staff 15:00 11/12/2019
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Mayank Agarwal has been drafted in as a replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan in India’s ODI squad which will take on West Indies in a three-match series.

Agarwal, who is India’s top run-scorer in the Test format in 2019, has been called up the squad after Dhawan failed to recover in time from the knee injury he sustained in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy clash last month.

Dhawan had originally been named in both the T20I and ODI squads for the clashes against West Indies. However, his injury saw him replaced by Sanju Samson in the ongoing T20I series. The deciding T20I between the two sides takes place in Mumbai on Wednesday with the series currently locked at 1-1.

The T20Is will be followed by the ODI series which begins in Chennai on Sunday.

Agarwal has not yet made his ODI debut for India despite his excellent start to life in Test cricket. The right-handed opening batsman had been called up to the ODI squad earlier this year during the World Cup in England.

Then, he had come in as an injury replacement for Vijay Shankar midway through the tournament although he failed to get a single appearance.

The 28-year-old has an excellent List A record for his home state Karnataka and has scored 3, 869 runs in 79 matches at an average of 50.90. This includes 13 centuries and 15 fifties with a high-score of 176.

Agarwal was in a rich vein of form during India’s home Test clashes against South Africa and Bangladesh in which he managed to register two double tons and a century.

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