Mayank Agarwal was called in as a replacement for the injured Vijay Shankar and was involved with the squad during the business end of the tournament. Despite not getting a game, the Karnataka batsman claimed that he would always treasure the honour.
The announcement of Agarwal making it into the squad stirred controversy with a batsman in the form of Ambati Rayudu already waiting on the stand by list.
Agarwal had already revealed that he was having a haircut when he got to know about his selection for the campaign. He is now also selected for the Caribbean tour as well in the longest format.
In an interview with CricketNext, the Kings XI Punjab batsman spoke about the World Cup, his preparations for the upcoming tour and more. He said:
“Being part of the ODI team and getting the experience of being at the World Cup was a memory to treasure for me. There was a lot to learn from and good that I managed to spend some time with them,”
“I train almost five days a week at the gym even during the off-season. I have been doing a lot of strength training as well as some power-training before I head to the West Indies. The off-seasons give me time to build on my strength,”
“It’ll be great to play couple of games before and experience of playing there before hand will come in handy. I have heard the tracks are not that easy. Never really been there, so I’ll assess the situation after I get there and play on those tracks,”