India’s squads for the three series in the West Indies starting with three T20Is on August 3 were announced on Sunday, 11 days after the team crashed out of the 2019 World Cup. The Chief selector MSK Prasad announced the squads at a press conference in Mumbai and a number of changes were made – especially in the limited-overs squads.
Speculation of regular captain Virat Kohli taking a break from the T20Is and ODIs was buried as he was named as the skipper for all the three formats. India will play three T20Is and as many ODIs before the two-match Test series starts on August 22.
Ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah was rested for the limited-over series though he will join the Test squad. Manish Pandey, who is leading India ‘A’ in the West Indies at the moment, was picked for both the T20Is and ODI squads. Chahar brothers – Rahul and Deepak – made it along with Krunal Pandya while Washington Sundar made a return.
Mayank replaced Vijay Shankar in World Cup squad
However, the selection committee failed to impress many who thought Mayank Agarwal also deserved a call-up in the ODI squad. The 28-year-old batsman from Karnataka was recently picked in India’s World Cup squad in England as a replacement for an injured Vijay Shankar though he did not get a game. The selection sparked controversy as standby batsman Ambati Rayudu was ignored and after being snubbed, he retired from cricket altogether.
Mayank’s selection for the World Cup squad had raised quite a few eyebrows since the man is yet to play for India in an ODI. He was picked for India’s Test squad in Australia last year and played two vital 70-run knocks in both the matches he played. But now, after the man had already featured in an ODI squad and that too at the World Cup, questions are being asked why he was left out.
Mayank has played in 75 List ‘A’ games in which he has amassed 3605 runs at an impressive average of with 12 centuries and 14 half-centuries and looks a decent enough player to be part of the team.
Here’s how Twitter reacted over his omission:
y no mayank agarwal. u send mayank in place to WC but dont pick him for WI? just cant understand!! https://t.co/a97Goardmu
— GM (@gaurav_m88) July 21, 2019
This Mayank Agarwal is T20 and ODI material more than Tests but just like Viru he is doing great in Tests too. Team Should have given him chance in Odis and T20s too.. Imo! https://t.co/WQoF4Oe4i3
— Banna. (@iJaideep_) July 21, 2019
Where is Mayank Agarwal
Wc me select kr liya or yha nhi????
— Amit Yadav (@AmitYad18726011) July 21, 2019
Mayank Agarwal ab kya agla WC khelega.?
— Vicky Loner (@vickyloner_) July 21, 2019
Also whats with Mayank Agarwal. You pick for WC and then he is gone again???
— Ravneet Singh (@Ravneet19) July 21, 2019
Pick Mayank Agarwal for the World Cup to spite Ambati Rayudu, dude retires from Cricket, then you don't pick Mayank for the WI tour.
BCCI is the biggest troll. https://t.co/i66e4rjJDc
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) July 21, 2019
— ~Abhishek~ (@shakeaby) July 21, 2019
Mayank agarwal was selected in world Cup to ensure rayudu retires from ODIs. Well played BCCI. Asli khiladi to tum nikle.
— Defacto Journalist (@defactojourn) July 21, 2019
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@SubhayanTweets) July 21, 2019
Surprised there is no Mayank Agarwal in the ODI squad considering he was a backup option in the World Cup the selection committee is confused I think
— Nikunj Waghela (@nikunj_waghela) July 21, 2019
Mayank Agarwal omitted from the ODI side without getting a game. What the hell is this! BCCI roped him in as a replacement and now dropped him and included someone else due to his performance in the A series. What kind of justice is this! #WIvIND
— Abhay 🇮🇳🏏 (@IamAbGupta) July 21, 2019
Oh my they have gone back to Manish Pandey! What was the need behind calling Mayank Agarwal in the World Cup squad? https://t.co/XrnUhAAiZZ
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) July 21, 2019
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