AUS v IND 2018-19: 3 best replacement openers for Team India

Prithvi Shaw was ruled out of the first Test in Adelaide after injuring his ankle in practice match at SCG.

Mayank Agarwal has been knocking on the door of Indian team for a long time now
Mayank Agarwal has been the hottest property in the Indian domestic circuit ever since his haul of 1,160 runs in 2017–18 Ranji Trophy. The Karnataka born lad has been scoring runs in heap for India A in all formats including the 50-over format and the multi-day format.

Mayank Agarwal also top scored in 2017-18 Vijay Hazare Trophy with 723 runs and with the haul of 2,141 runs across all formats, he attained the highest total by any batsman in an Indian domestic season. He was given the Madhavrao Scindia Award for The Highest Run-Scorer in Ranji Trophy by BCCI.

This led to calls for him to be included in the Indian Test Team for England, but he was overlooked. Finally, he was included in the Indian squad for the two-Test series against West Indies at home, but couldn’t make his debut.

Despite his rich haul of runs, Mayank was not chosen for the Australia Test-series also, despite Shikhar Dhawan being dropped and KL Rahul’s inconsistent form.

With Shaw declared unfit for the first Test at Adelaide, and no definite date for return, Mayank might make a strong case for inclusion in the squad as a backup opener.


By Jatin Sharma - 30 Nov, 2018

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