It was expected that the 34-year-old Dhawan would recover from the injury but it seems more serious than what was apprehended
New Delhi: India's Test opener Mayank Agarwal is likely to replace Shikhar Dhawan in the upcoming three-match ODI series against the West Indies after the senior batsman failed to recover from his knee injury.
India will play three ODIs against the West Indies in Chennai (15 December), Visakhapatnam (18 December) and Cuttack (22 December). Dhawan sustained a deep gash on his knee during a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy game and was subsequently ruled out of the three-match T20 series where Sanju Samson came in as a replacement.
It was expected that the 34-year-old Dhawan would recover from the injury but it seems more serious than what was apprehended.
"The selection committee has recommended Mayank's name as Shikhar's replacement after consultation with the team management," a senior BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
That the team management is keen on Mayank translating his stupendous Test performance into the ODI arena was first reported in PTI on 18 November.
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The 27-year-old batter smashed 77 runs off 42 deliveries. His innings was laced with as many as 9 boundaries and 4 maximums. Powered by his innings and Hooda’s 57-ball 104, the Hardik Pandya-led young brigade put up 225 runs on the board.
In the IPL this season, Sanju Samson scored 458 runs in 17 games for the Rajasthan Royals at an excellent strike rate of 146.79. He will now be a part of the Indian side that will tour Ireland later this month.
The selection committee has largely overlooked Dhawan in recent times despite him performing well when he got the opportunity.