Chennai: The national selectors are likely to call up Mayank Agarwal and Vijay Shankar as replacements for KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya for the remainder of the Australia series and the tour of New Zealand. Although an official communication is still awaited, reliable sources confirmed that the duo will most likely join by Monday.
Agarwal’s inclusion has been based on his performance in the Test series, where he scored 195 runs in three innings, including two fifties. In the past, he had never been in contention for a limited-overs call-up, but his consistent performances in the domestic circuit as well as with India A seem to have forced a rethink.
With regards to Vijay, he is more of a like-for-like replacement for Pandya as he bowls medium-pace and is in good form with the bat. During India A’s tour of New Zealand in November, the Tamil Nadu player was the leading run-scorer. He was the only one to feature in all the unofficial Tests and one-dayers. As of late Saturday evening, the all-rounder was yet to hear from selectors. Vijay has been part of the Indian T20 team and made his debut during the Nidahas Cup last year.