The Indian team management decided to retain the same playing XI for the second Test match against West Indies to be played at Hyderabad on Friday. Once again the talented Mayank Agarwal missed out on making the playing XI, while Prithvi Shaw retained his place in the side.
Agarwal has been breaking records in the domestic cricket and was expected to make the cut for the second test in the kind of form he is in, but yet again he was left out and asked to warm the bench, just like the first test.
Here are the reasons why bringing in Mayank Agarwal in the side would have been the best Idea.
With the ICC World in England just around the corner, Team India are trying to figure out the right combinations. In such a scenario Virat Kohli could have been rested for the test series giving Mayank a chance to showcase his talent with the bat in the longer format of the game after a stupendous season both in domestic front and for India A.
With the tour to Australia coming near, playing Mayank could have could have given the team management to look at options for the reserve opener. While Prithvi Shaw made justice to his selection to the side, he is in contention for the away series with attacking style of play suiting for conditions down under. With forms of regular openers Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul n question, Agarwal’s stroke-making abilities could come handy in the Australian conditions and can also help the team get a great start.
In the last months, Agarwal has been in the form of his life scoring runs at ease in the domestic circuit. He was leading the scoring charts and also did well for India A team in the Quadrangular series. A debut at the international level would have given him a fair idea as to how to improve his game and what international cricket is all about. Inspite of West Indies being not a great side, the chance to play international cricket would have helped him to test his nerves at the highest level.
After a great domestic season everyone was expecting him to be called up for the national side very soon, but again he was made to wait and wait and the wait only continues. He has bee piling runs and has had decent IPL career so far. He is just 27 years of age and this is the time when a cricketer is at his peak and so too is Agarwal. A game against West Indies would have only done a world of good to his confidence and also a chance to raise his level of the game.