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Test performance bolsters Mayank’s ODI chances

Some believe Mayank Agarwal could be an option in the December ODI series against West Indies if Rohit Sharma takes a break. Another factor that could go in Agarwal's favour is Shikhar Dhawan's bad patch and the need to have another back-up. Many ...

Nov 18, 2019, 08.58 AM IST
By Kushan Sarkar

Mayank Agarwal's attacking game in Tests could open the door for his selection in India's limited overs squads for the assignments against West Indies next month. There is a school of thought that Agarwal could be an option, preferably for the three-match ODI series against the West Indies in December, in case vice-captain Rohit Sharma takes a break to rejuvenate himself ahead of the big away tour of New Zealand early next year.

Rohit has been continuously playing for a while now and the only break he got was during the two Test matches in the West Indies. He will be integral to the team's plans across formats during the New Zealand tour when it will play five T20 Internationals, three ODIs and two Tests. For the limited overs matches against West Indies, it will only be fair if the selectors think of giving Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri with another option in Agarwal, who has a fantastic List A record of 13 hundreds at a 50-plus average and 100-plus strike-rate.

One more factor that could go in Agarwal's favour is Shikhar Dhawan's bad patch and the need to have another back-up, apart from KL Rahul, ready. Agarwal was sent as a late replacement for Vijay Shankar during the World Cup and, though he didn't get a game in the United Kingdom, the move was an indicator that he was also in the selectors' white ball scheme of things.

Many feel that Agarwal could be seen as a long-term option keeping in mind the 2023 ODI World Cup in India, as Dhawan, given his deteriorating form, might not be around then.


Speedster Mohammed Shami and Agarwal on Sunday achieved their career-best positions in the latest ICC Test Rankings after contributing to India's innings and 130-run victory over Bangladesh in the first Test in Indore. Shami's bowling figures of 3 for 27 and 4 for 31lifted him eight places to seventh position. Agarwal climbed to the 11th spot after his player-of-the-match effort of 243 in India's only innings. The 28-year-old has reached 691 rating points after scoring 858 runs in his first eight Tests.
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