MSK Prasad Reveals Why Mayank Agarwal Was Sent as Cover During WC
Mayank Agarwal was called in to replace all-rounder Vijay Shankar midway into the World Cup in England and Wales.
Mayank Agarwal was called in to replace all-rounder Vijay Shankar midway into the World Cup in England and Wales.(Photo: PTI)

MSK Prasad Reveals Why Mayank Agarwal Was Sent as Cover During WC

Mayank Agarwal was flown in as a replacement for the injured Vijay Shankar on the insistence of the team management during the World Cup and now he is not a part of the ODI team for the West Indies series.

While an opener being called in for a middle-order all-rounder was no less a surprise, his exclusion for the team for the Windies series comes as a bigger shocker.

That too at a time when one thought the selectors would look forward to try and groom players with an eye on the 2023 World Cup.

Commenting on the whole jigsaw that saw Rishabh Pant being first called in to replace opener Shikhar Dhawan and then opener Mayank called in to replace all-rounder Vijay Shankar, chief selector MSK Prasad put it on the demand of the team management and the written communication that came to them from England during the showpiece event.

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"In between any series I don't do press conference and that has led to speculations. When Dhawan got injured, we already had a third opener in KL. We didn't have a left hander at top so the team management had requested for a left-hander and we had no option other than Pant,” explained Prasad.

“When Shankar was injured, Rahul had a big fall at the boundary so there was a medical emergency on whether he will continue or not. At that time a written communication was given that a back-up opener was needed. That is when we went to Mayank.”
MSK Prasad, Chairman of Selectors

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