The All-India Senior Selection Committee has announced the name of Mayank Agarwal as a replacement for the injured left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan in the Team India's squad for the upcoming Paytm One-Day series against West Indies.
The Southpaw had sustained an injury in his left knee during a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy game playing for Delhi against Maharashtra and he subsequently was ruled out of the ongoing T20I series against the team from the Caribbean with Sanju Samson being named as his replacement.
The BCCI Medical Team has understood that Dhawan is yet to recover completely from the freak knee injury. While his stitches are off and his wound has healed gradually, Dhawan still needs some time off to regain his full match fitness.
Mayank Agarwal currently is representing Karnataka in the ongoing first round of the Ranji Trophy against Tamil Nadu. With his selection for the national side, he is set to miss at least the second round of Ranji matches for his home state.
If we talk about Agarwal's number in the past one year, he arguably has been one of the best Indian batsmen across formats in the domestic and international cricketing circuit. Aggarwal has managed to prove himself on the highest level as he has emerged as the leading run-maker in India's Test home season with 2 double-centuries and a century in the five test matches spread across two series involving South Africa (3 Tests) and Bangladesh (2 Tests).
Now, the onus is upon the Southpaw from Karnataka to extend his purple patch also in the blue jersey to establish himself as a regular in the Indian ODI setup.