It is known to our readers that Vijay Shankar is ruled out of the ongoing World Cup and the team management is bringing in Mayank Agarwal as his replacement. That poses an interesting scenario because Vijay Shankar is a middle-order batsman and Mayank Agarwal is an Opener. It means the team is trying to find a proper replacement to Shikhar Dhawan.
Mayank already proved his mettle in Australia Test Series but is yet to make his ODI debut. India may give him a chance against Sri Lanka as they are keen on having an opener who can go hard from ball one (Dhawan’s role). KL Rahul who is opening in the place of Dhawan may be sent back to his Number Four Position.
In another scenario, the team management may bring in Rishabh Pant at Number Four and may leave out KL Rahul. All this just shows how vital Shikhar Dhawan was to the side. The Team has No good enough replacement for him and that also Tells how we take things for granted when they are going well.
It is sad that the team has to do all this experimentation just before the crucial Knockouts. India just lost one match in this Tournament against England on Sunday. India will take on Bangladesh later today in Birmingham. The team will want to beat the Bangla Tigers comprehensively and stay confident before the Semifinal.