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Mayank Agarwal replaces Shikhar Dhawan for West Indies ODIs

by Wisden Staff 1 minute read

Mayank Agarwal, India’s Test opener, could be in line for his ODI debut, after being named as the replacement for Shikhar Dhawan in India’s ODI series against West Indies.

Mayank replaces Dhawan in the 15-member squad as an opener alongside Rohit Sharma, with KL Rahul also present as an additional opening option.

Dhawan was ruled out of the three-match series, beginning December 15, after hurting his left knee while representing Delhi in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The injury had also forced him out of the ongoing T20I series against West Indies.

A BCCI statement said: “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.”

Mayank, who was India’s leading Test run-getter in 2019 [754 runs at 68.54], earned his maiden one-day call-up during the World Cup this year. He was named a mid-tournament replacement for the injured all-rounder Vijay Shankar, although he did not get a game.

The three-match series begins with the opening game in Chennai, followed by matches in Visakhapatnam [December 18] and Cuttack [December 22].

Indian team for the three-match ODI series: 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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