The All India Selection Committee of the BCCI has announced the Indian cricket team for the three-match ODI series to be held with the West Indies. In place of injured Shikhar Dhawan, the selectors have replaced Mayank Agarwal as expected in place of injured Shikhar Dhawan. Mayank Agarwal has consistently performed well in the recent series. And it is natural for him to be selected in the ODI team.
The BCCI said that Shikhar Dhawan had suffered a knee injury against Maharashtra in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy played in Surat. Later, the BCCI medical team found that Dhawan had more time to recover from the injury. Mayank Agarwal was then thought of as Dhawan’s replacement.
It was speculated that Prithvi Shaw could be given a place in the team, as Shaw had scored a double century on the third day of the ongoing Ranji Trophy match, but the selectors decided to give Mayank the slot instead. Now it is clear that Prithvi Shaw will be the third opener in the New Zealand tour.
Mayank Agarwal vs Prithvi Shaw: International careers
In September 2018, Mayank was named in India’s Test squad for their series against the West Indies, but he did not play. In December 2018, he was added to India’s Test squad for their series against Australia, after Prithvi Shaw was ruled out of the side due to injury. He made his Test debut against Australia on 26 December 2018, scoring seventy-six runs in his first innings at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This was the highest score by an Indian cricketer on a Test debut in Australia, going past the previous record of 51 runs set by Dattu Phadkar, at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in 1947. He played the 4th test also and finished the series with 195 runs.
In July 2019, Mayank was added to India’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, replacing Vijay Shankar, who was ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to injury. In October 2019, in the first Test match against South Africa, Agarwal scored his maiden century in Test cricket. He went on to convert this into his first double hundred in a Test match, before being dismissed for 215 runs of 371 balls with 23 fours and 6 sixes. After hitting his 2nd Test hundred against South Africa, Agarwal became only the 2nd Indian opener after Virender Sehwag (2009-10) to score back to back centuries against South Africa.
In November 2019, Mayank Agarwal hit his second double century in only his eighth Test match, at Indore against Bangladesh, recording his current highest score of 243 in 330 deliveries with eight sixes. He broke the record of Donald Bradman to become the second-fastest batsman to score two double hundreds, having achieved this in 12 innings. The following month, he was added to India’s One Day International (ODI) squad for the series against the West Indies, replacing the injured Shikhar Dhawan.
In August 2018, Prithvi Shaw was called up to India’s Test squad for the final two Tests against England, but he did not play. In September 2018, he was named in India’s Test squad for their series against the West Indies. He made his Test debut against West Indies on 4 October 2018. In that match, he scored his maiden century in Tests and became the youngest batsman to make a Test century on debut for India (18 years and 319 days). India won the second Test by ten wickets, with Shaw being named the Player of the Series.
The Indian team against the Windies is as follows.
Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Mayank Agarwal, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Shivam Dubey, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammad Shami and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
In the recent past