India vs West Indies: 3 Players who could've been better replacements for Shikhar Dhawan

India vs West Indies: 3 Players who could’ve been better replacements for Shikhar Dhawan

While Samson deserves his chance completely, the selectors should've picked a like-for-like replacement for Dhawan.

Shikhar Dhawan (Photo by Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

After being undeservingly axed from the Indian T20I squad for the series against West Indies, Sanju Samson has found his way back into the team as Shikhar Dhawan’s replacement. The Kerala-based wicket-keeper has impressed a lot in the domestic arena since the last few years. However, he has not received a proper opportunity to prove himself at the international level.

He has been fantastic in the middle order for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL and also, for Kerala in the domestic tournaments. The right-handed batsman had recently scored a double century in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. But, it seems like his addition will create more confusions in the team. Dhawan was an opening batsman hence, it would have been better had the selectors included an upcoming opener in the squad.

While Samson deserves his chance fully, a proper opener in the team would’ve made the difference it seems. This is why we bring you three players who could’ve been better replacements than Sanju Samson in the T20I squad.

3 Players who could’ve been better replacements for Dhawan:

Mayank Agarwal

Mayank Agarwal. (Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images)

The right-handed batsman from Karnataka, Mayank Agarwal has achieved enormous success in his brief international career. The Kings XI Punjab player has already broken into the Top 10 of the ICC Test rankings after playing just 9 matches. Though the fans see him as a Test specialist, the 28-year-old has great numbers in the T20 format as well.

He has played 134 matches in his 9-year long T20 career, scoring 2,939 runs at an average of 24.49. Agarwal has a strike rate of 131.67 which is decent enough for an opener. Besides he has hit one hundred and eighteen half-centuries in the shortest format of the game.

Having played for four franchises in IPL, Mayank has shown that he can decimate the bowlers in T20 cricket. Hence, he could have been a like-for-like replacement of Shikhar Dhawan in the squad.