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Cricket news - Agarwal named Dhawan's replacement for West Indies ODIs

Mayank Agarwal has been included in India's ODI squad for the three-match series against West Indies

Mayank Agarwal has been included in India's ODI squad for the three-match series against West Indies

Mayank Agarwal has been included in India's ODI squad for the upcoming three-match series against West Indies. The Karnataka opener has been roped in as a replacement for Shikhar Dhawan who's still recovering from a knee injury he sustained earlier in the domestic season.

Dhawan had suffered a deep cut on his left knee during a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy game against Maharashtra in Surat and was ruled out of the ongoing T20I series. "While Dhawan's stitches are off and his wound is healing gradually, he still needs some more time before he regains full match fitness," the BCCI Medical Team was quoted as saying in a media release issued by the board on Wednesday (December 11).

Agarwal, meanwhile, has been in good run-scoring form both in Test as well as the domestic limited-overs games. Apart from scoring two double centuries and hundred in the Test series against South Africa and Bangladesh, Agarwal also struck an important 69 in Karnataka's title-clinching victory over Tamil Nadu in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He also scored a century for India C against India A in the Deodhar Trophy in November.

The isn't the first time that Agarwal is part of the India squad, having been roped in earlier this year as Vijay Shankar's replacement during the World Cup - although he didn't get a game then. The 28-year-old Agarwal has scored 3869 runs in List-A cricket so far at an average of 50.90 with 13 hundreds and 15 fifties.

The three-match ODI series against West Indies gets underway from December 15 with Chennai hosting the first match. The second game will be played in Visakhapatnam on December 18 while the last match of the series will be held in Cuttack on December 22.

India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

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