Mayank Agarwal’s World Cup 2019 selection grabbed a lot of attention and raised many eyebrows as well, as the Indian Cricket Team already had a reserve player in Ambati Rayudu for the mega event, but they move to the uncapped batsman that sparked a debate among cricket fraternities.
MSK Prasad led selection panel named Rayudu as a batting reserve when they named a 15-member squad for the showpiece event, but now they ignored him for Mayank.
With the latest development, many have raised questions over India’s selection policy, but a source reportedly made it clear that Agarwal’s World Cup 2019 selection has nothing to do with the national selectors, as the call was taken by Head coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli.
According to IANS, the team management took the decision to pick Agarwal over experienced Rayudu as a replacement for Vijay Shankar for the remainder of the event, not the five-member selection panel.
The source revealed, “The team management had made it clear that they wanted Mayank as a replacement for the injured Shankar. There was no question of the selectors debating that.”
Meanwhile, the source further went on to reveal that Mayank's show in the tri-series against the England and West Indies 'A' teams last year was also one of the reasons behind his selection.
The source signed off by saying, “If you see the record he had during the one-day series against the 'A' teams, you will see that he scored 287 runs in four innings with two hundred. Not to forget his 151 against Leicestershire in the warm-up game. That series was also played in June and July and the general thought is that he is versatile and can adapt well.”
(With IANS Inputs)